Mastery: Openings

Attack with the Catalan!

Attack with the Catalan!

Learn an elite opening from a world-leading expert!

Want to learn an opening that’s favored by most of the world’s best players? Try the Catalan, a way to get long-term pressure with the White pieces, even against perfect defense. Super-Grandmaster Georg Meier has played the Catalan against World Champions and is one of the world’s leading experts. Learn how to get a dangerous attack or a nagging endgame edge against any Black defense, and start playing the Catalan today!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Learn the key tricks to punish Black’s opening mistakes.
  • Learn the key ideas that can help you get started right away!

"Bravo!!! Bravissimo!!!!! I am sold!!! Not only I am going to study the Catalan more, it could even be my favorite opening with white d4. These videos series are a gold mine!!!!!"- Chess.com user Sergeledan

"Very impressive and much appreciated. I have spent time and money on various sources to understand this opening. None compare in my opinion to this video series. The cost of my Diamond Membership was justified for the year by this series. Thank you!" - Chess.com member Babkes

  • Keeping The Pawn In The Catalan

    Just in time for today’s big event, one of the most frequent winners of the Titled Tuesday tournaments makes his Chess.com video lesson debut. GM Georg Meier shows you why and how to play the popular Open Catalan system by introducing you to the key...

    • 23 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Quick Queenside Expansion vs The Catalan

    GM Georg Meier returns with another in-depth look at the Catalan opening and the dominant ideas for both White and Black. Learn how quickly taking queenside space can be the determining factor of which side emerges from this opening with a worthwhile...

    • 21 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Active Queenside Play In The Catalan

    GM Georg Meier continues his incredible series on the sophisticated Catalan Opening. Here he shows you how to meet Black's attempt to hang on to the pawn with ...Nc6. He'll show you some instructive positional maneuvers with the knight which will allow...

    • 21 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Black's Knightmare In The Catalan

    GM Georg Meier's masterful series on the Catalan continues as he shows how Black can easily fall prey to positional disaster as White's knights leap to incredible outposts. These lines are quite popular so learn them now before Black is scared away!

    • 20 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Closed Catalan

    Grandmaster Georg Meier is back with another installment in his world-class coverage of the Catalan. See how he built up a dominating position and had a surprisingly easy win in the popular closed variation.

    • 12 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Modern Main Line

    GM Georg Meier has already covered many of the attacking ideas in the Catalan. Now he demonstrates one of the current main lines, when Black plays Bd7. With precise play, White can prevent Black from ever reaching a comfortable position.

    • 14 min
    • 5 challenges
  • A Master Class With Levon Aronian

    GM Georg Meier walks you through the most popular defense against the Catalan among top players. Meier shows you how one of the world's best, Levon Aronian, kept control of the game, dominated the open c-file and scored a smooth win against GM Sergey...

    • 17 min
    • 5 challenges
  • My Pet Line

    GM Meier demonstrates his pet variation against Black's most trusted system in the Catalan! White plays a4 to prevent Black's queenside expansion and then works to dominate the center!

    • 15 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Dubov's Sharp Variation

    How does GM Meier like to play when he's on the Black side of the Catalan? He tries a deep check on b4 to sideline White's bishop to an awkward square. But Grandmaster Daniil Dubov has come up with an ingenious, sharp attacking plan for White. Take a...

    • 15 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Caruana's Brilliant Catalan

    What's the best move order to reach a Catalan? What should you do if Black aims for an e5 break instead of a c5 break? GM Meier finishes up his world-class coverage of the Catalan by showing an amazing and creative effort by GM Fabiano Caruana!

    • 14 min
    • 5 challenges
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