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Normal Topic 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 dxc4 (Read 1638 times)
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Re: 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 dxc4
Reply #1 - 04/26/09 at 06:58:07
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I had to deal with learning some of the lines of the Open Catalan that I find annoying, just because black is indeed quite equal after 4.Bg2 dxc4 (as opposed to 4.d4) as far as I can tell.

The only line I think gives white any hope for an edge is Na3 intending Nxc4 (if white gets to play Nxc4 he is better), then Bxa3 is unclear, but at least white has some opportunities for an advantage with active queenside play and a bishop pair to make up for the damaged pawns. I simply don't find the task set to black after any other 5th moves to be much serious, even more so since I've used a 1.Nf3 2.c4 repetoire for the last 6 years, and defend the black side of these orders.

Also worth mentioning is 1.Nf3 e6 2.c4 d5 3.g3 dxc4 seems to equalize even easier in my experience.

Because of all this I just go straight into the Catalan (ie: 1.Nf3 e6 2.c4 d5 3.c4 and accept the possibility of a QGA, or 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.d4 and deal with irritating lines like 4...dxc4 5.Bg2 Nc6 6. Qa4 Bb4 7. Bd2 Nd5 8. a3 b5! 9. Qxb5 Nc2+ 10. Kd2, or 6. 0-0 Rb8 when black is certainly okay)

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1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 dxc4
04/25/09 at 23:20:51
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Hello everyone,

i always thought that the main line with 5.Qa4+ and Qxc4 would give white a pleasant advantage, but during preparation for a corr game a realised, that black equalizes comfortably in all lines! In fact, Nigel Davies a lot of GMs think so too.
So i'm asking you, how you play the open Reti
In my view, the 5.Qc2 line offers white decent chances for an egde, as White can often recapture the c4-Pawn with Na3-Nc4 manoever or gets the pair of bishops in an open position after Na3-Bxa3

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