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E00-09 CATALAN OPENING

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In the Catalan White plays d4 and c4 and then supports the center with the Kingside fiancetto.  This system leads to a type of game which strategy is most relevant . A possible Catalan move order is 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5, but transpositions are frequent and there are several different sequences that lead to this opening. 

Theory classifies this opening in Open Catalan (Black opts for d5xc4) and Closed Catalan (Black supports his pawn on d5, achieving a solid but rather cramped position).

The Catalan is quite fashionable opening thanks to the attention it has received as a result of having been often used by the former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik.



Opening

Catalan

Chess Base format    

E00-09.cbv

Pgn format                    

e00-09.zip

Last Update

January 2016