Dominate Black with the Catalan Opening – IM Axel Delorme

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Dominate Black with the Catalan Opening – IM Axel Delorme
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The Catalan Opening (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2) has experienced a resurgence in popularity with both Kramnik and Carlsen taking up the opening and achieving excellent positions and results. With a play on both sides being influenced more by strategic considerations than concrete variations, an understanding of the key themes will reward you with points over the board and advancement of your chess knowledge.
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Empire Chess – VOL 89

The Catalan Opening (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2) has experienced a resurgence in popularity with both Kramnik and Carlsen taking up the opening and achieving excellent positions and results.

With a play on both sides being influenced more by strategic considerations than concrete variations, an understanding of the key themes will reward you with points over the board and advancement of your chess knowledge.

IM Axel Delorme, a Catalan devotee, reveals the mysteries behind the opening with detailed analysis of games from the highest level including those of seven classical World Champions.

Even if you’re completely new to the Catalan Opening, this 3-hour course from French IM Axel Delorme will enable you to play the opening with great confidence and give you many ways of playing for the win.

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Chapter Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. The Closed Catalan, …c6, and …b6
  3. 8.a4!? against 4…Be7 and 6…dxc4
  4. How to play when Black keeps the pawn (…a6, …c6, and …b5)
  5. Carlsen plays the Catalan Opening (4…Bb4, 5.Nc3!)
  6. Kramnik – Topalov, 2014 and Conclusions