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Catalan, tactical? And a way to learn its theory
I have some questions about the catalan. Would you consider it to be a tactical opening?
The catalan has a dense theory. How would you recommend to get the grasp of it?
I'm only 160...

Started 09/27/09 at 12:07:56 by jitb
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By: MNb
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Play the Catalan
Just in case nobody else has noticed this upcoming title;

Started 05/22/09 at 19:57:31 by slates
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By: BPaulsen
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Catalan 7. Ne5
As I was browsing the content of the 1. d4 d5 eBook, there was a variation of the Catalan that seemed conspicuous to me by its absence. I was under the impression that, once upon a time, the variation...

Started 06/13/09 at 08:33:46 by Lurdock
4 3427 Last Post 06/18/09 at 18:30:19
By: MatrixX
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Fighting the Catalan
Reading Avrukh's book, the Catalan seems more of a problem for Black than I realized. Thus, I wonder, what do you consider the best variation to soundly strive for the win as Black or at least get com...

Started 04/01/09 at 10:18:17 by exigentsky
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By: MNb
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Play the Catalan
I do hope that the author of 'dynamic Reti' thinks of the 1.Nf3 move-order  towards the catalan...

Started 03/04/09 at 20:44:48 by nyoke
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By: TN
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Catalan move-order trick
Hello, I'm thinking about playing the catalan against QGD. But i have some problems with the following move order. I Play 4.Qc2 against the nimzo-indian
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6
Now I can't play 3....

Started 03/05/09 at 17:21:28 by Zatox
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By: thibdb13
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Hi all,
Thanks for reading.  I am wondering who the catalan is good for.  Is it playable if you are an "attacking player" or is taking on the Nimzo(say with f3 or Qc2) and say the exhcnage vs QGD...

Started 02/10/09 at 05:28:38 by Zatara
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By: HgMan
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It seems to me that the Catalan does not get very much attention these days - is this just fashion or is it that Black has found reliable ways to equalise?  I find the opening attractive for White, an...

Started 02/20/03 at 08:34:58 by alumbrado
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By: Willempie
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Catalan vs. the Semi-slav and Noteboom
It seems the Catalan approach would be an excellent short cut for those who wish to play classically (Nc3 and Nf3) vs. the Slav and QGD, but who wish to avoid heavy Semi-slav theory or the Noteboom.  ...

Started 12/01/08 at 02:37:54 by Eclectico
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By: MNb
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Is the Catalan a good fit with my repertoire?
My white repertoire is built around 1.d4, 2.Nf3 and 3. c4.  Against the Kingside fianchetto defenses I follow Grivas' book "Beating the Fianchetto Defenses" - Bg5 Grunfeld, classical Benoni and KID wi...

Started 11/29/08 at 05:53:24 by Eclectico
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By: MNb
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Anyone writing "Play the Catalan" ?
So is anyone writing this. It would seem that with Kramnik's recent exploits at the top, that there would be a market for a good well written repertoire book for White based on the Catalan.

Started 12/22/07 at 23:59:38 by Antillian
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By: TonyRo
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Catalan move order?
White can plan to play the Catalan along a series of different move orders, starting at move 1 with 1 d4, 1 c4, or 1 Nf3.  It seems as though it boils down to a matter of preference and which lines Wh...

Started 05/24/06 at 03:19:25 by HgMan
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hi all,
I´ve some problems to get an advantage after:
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O c6 7. Qc2 Nbd7 8. Rd1 b6
It looks so passive, but I´ve no clear way to pro...

Started 10/06/08 at 18:47:13 by gewgaw
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By: thibdb13
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Anyone writing Starting Out: The Catalan?
This would be a great EVERYMANCHESS book, featuring many annotated games played by Kramnik in the Catalan. Very instructive for a USCF 1775 almost class-A player like myself.

Started 06/29/08 at 02:53:38 by notyetagm
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By: Antillian
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HgMan champions the Catalan
Well, if Willempie is countering the Catalan, it seems only right that I defend its honor.  In the same Champions League tournament, but a board lower, I have adopted the Catalan as my primary weapon ...

Started 11/10/07 at 14:06:40 by HgMan
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By: HgMan
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Catalan Pseudo-sac
Hello all!
I have a question, but first I'll share a little background so you can target your responses accordingly.  I'm an amateur improving player with a rating of about 1400 USCF.  My rating,...

Started 04/28/08 at 23:26:10 by Nfinity (Ex Member)
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By: Markovich
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ICCF Champions League Bogo-Catalan
While my other games are moving slowly, I thought I might share a couple of games that had been moving along in the Catalan (with an early ...Bb4 from Black).  I have been experimenting with 5.Nbd2 in...

Started 02/10/08 at 15:43:02 by HgMan
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By: HgMan
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Willempie counters the catalan
The ICCF tournament now is really on its way and I am defending the honour of the chesspub team:
I though some might be interested in ...

Started 11/01/07 at 09:48:38 by Willempie
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By: Willempie
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Catalan against Slav-SemiSlav
I'd like to undestrand why i never see strong White Catalan players to play their fovourite opening against the Slav-Semislav move order.
In particular the move order is 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 ...

Started 11/06/07 at 12:32:08 by Alesab
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By: Bonsai
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Catalan question
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 c5 6.0-0 Nc6 7.Ne5 Bd7 8.Na3 cxd4 9.Naxc4 Bc5 10.Qb3 0-0 11.Qxb7
You might recall that this line was played in Kasparov's first match with Deep Blue in 1...

Started 11/08/06 at 22:33:10 by HgMan
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