Catalan Opening

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  • 16 months ago


    Well  This is nice thing always to learn somethng new..  :-)

  • 2 years ago


    Aquesta apertura m'agrada per que controles el centre amb els peons i després amb el suport de l'alfil blanc.

  • 2 years ago


    Just started exploring this opening. Nice opening, and also avoids Nimzo,Bogo,Queen's Indian defenses.

  • 2 years ago


    I'm preparing for a tournament soon, and I've lost to this opening tons of times, but I'm teaching myself it and hoping to use both the Closed and Open Variations of the Catalan soon.  Seems like a very popular choice for White but a bane for Black to face, especially the White light-squared bishop.

  • 3 years ago



    Nf6 is a flexible reply, controlling some central squares, stopping e4 and basically forcing white's hand, giving giving a range of options without committing pawns to a square.

    e6 opens the bishop, normally hoping to enter the Nimzo Indian after Nc3 Bb4.

  • 3 years ago


    What is the main purpose of Black immediatly making Nf6? Then, next move, why e6? i'm confused...

  • 4 years ago


    I love this opening

  • 4 years ago


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  • 4 years ago


    i´m no big fan of d-pawn openings at all, neither with the black nor with the white pieces, but as i hope to constantly improve my skills, this is the next opening i wannna get familiar with

  • 4 years ago


    i like it

  • 4 years ago


    Seems OK to me

  • 5 years ago


    This is a good opening as White has good contol over the board, especially once the Bishop is fianchettoed.

  • 6 years ago


    it's better if pawn c4 and d4 step back to c3 and d3

  • 6 years ago



    i feel like a major weakness in the white queens gambit game combined with black's nf6 is the e4 square. frequently, i find myself doing nc3 to cover and receiving black's bb4, pinning the knight.  ne4 then becomes a threat and a key square from which black can start to turn tempo. 

    the kingside fianchetto covers e4. 

    i personally, finding e4 dubious, play e3 sometime and with the fianchettoed bishop, like ne2.  i know the white black squared bishop is trapped, but i find its not too large a price to pay for what i perceive as a solid setup.  

  • 6 years ago


    Can someone explain (not necessarily theory) but rather just the basic ideas white is trying to achieve with this opening?

  • 6 years ago


    tannguye1: not sure, might be gibblish


  • 6 years ago


    It is the best opening ever for me...Respectable for the white pieces..I even use it as a reverse catalan

  • 7 years ago


    what the...failed opening?

  • 7 years ago


    tannguye1: Yes and Yes

  • 7 years ago


    I have never tried this opening. Maybe I should give it a shot at an over-the-board game. Tongue out

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