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Re: Catalan
Reply #2 - 07/25/19 at 01:12:58
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I very much agree with move by move recommendation.
  
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Re: Catalan
Reply #1 - 07/18/19 at 18:15:26
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Black has a lot of options against the Catalan, and they can lead to very different types of game. There is no generally agreed 'equalising' or 'clearly best' line for Black (which is why the Catalan is popular with the strongest players), but several of Black's options require specific concrete knowledge from White (which is why it isn't so popular with the masses). As with many other openings, some knowledge and experience on your part will usually pay dividends against opponents with less.

For an introductory book, I would suggest The Catalan: Move by Move (Everyman, 2017) by Neil McDonald. Neil is usually very good at judging the level of detail amateur players want and need, and this book is no exception.
  
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Catalan
07/18/19 at 16:21:18
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Hi all,

I was thinking of trying the Catalan. I do not know much about it and an sure my opponents probably will not either. I was wondering what's the play like. I know I seen a few Kramnik games when he sacks the c4 pawn, plays e4 and mates. Is that the usual or are most the games just a squeeze? I guess it depends on variation. Any book or video recommendations for some who is new to it? Thanks.
  
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