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  • 5 weeks ago

    francine65

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

  • 9 months ago

    surovolador

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

  • 14 months ago

    narek_sargsyan

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

  • 15 months ago

    JoeTheV

    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.

  • 23 months ago

    Scottrf

    Fluttershylover.

    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.

  • 23 months ago

    fluttershylover

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

  • 2 years ago

    ad2000

    I love this opening

  • 3 years ago

    Samsch

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  • 3 years ago

    FacemanBDSC

    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

  • 3 years ago

    Aquafog

    i like it

  • 3 years ago

    daxternator

    Seems OK to me

  • 3 years ago

    CheapShotFail

    I remember seeing a GM play this at the International Chess Festival in Las Vegas. They had an annotated version of the game in a newsletter, and ever since I've wanted to learn it.

  • 4 years ago

    vowles_23

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

  • 4 years ago

    pepe10azual

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

  • 4 years ago

    wrink1117

    vladamirduce:

    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.  

  • 5 years ago

    vladamirduce

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

  • 5 years ago

    tahumaster

    tannguye1: not sure, might be gibblish

                    Yes

  • 5 years ago

    i_can_do_it

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

  • 5 years ago

    Losenomore

    what the...failed opening?

  • 6 years ago

    TheKhaotik

    tannguye1: Yes and Yes

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