Closed Catalan

  • #1

    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

  • #2
    bigyugi9 wrote:So how do you deal with the closed catalan?

    avoidance.

  • #3
    trigs wrote:
    bigyugi9 wrote:So how do you deal with the closed catalan?

    avoidance.


     well i'm playing catalan setups, so I can't really avoid it.  I just need to find a good response to it.

  • #4

    Develop and smash through with e4. Either that or let Black smash himself.

  • #5
    bigyugi9 wrote:
    trigs wrote:
    bigyugi9 wrote:So how do you deal with the closed catalan?

    avoidance.


     well i'm playing catalan setups, so I can't really avoid it.  I just need to find a good response to it.


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  • #6
    khpa21 wrote:

    Develop and smash through with e4. Either that or let Black smash himself.


     do you have any sample lines?

  • #7

    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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