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Recently I've taken up the catalan and I get pretty playable positions with the open catalan, but if black doesn't take on c4 we get the closed catalan positions and it seems very difficult to prove an advantage. I must be doing something wrong as the open catalan is supposedly better for black than the closed. So how do you deal with the closed catalan?
~Thanks in advance
well i'm playing catalan setups, so I can't really avoid it. I just need to find a good response to it.
Develop and smash through with e4. Either that or let Black smash himself.
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do you have any sample lines?
try a g pawn push followed by a rook lift and swing the rook over to the h file. The mate threat may induce g6 weakening the dark squares around the king.
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