In the Catalan, White combines the space-gaining moves d4 and c4 with a ...More
In the Catalan, White combines the space-gaining moves d4 and c4 with a fianchetto of the king's bishop. This places the center of gravity of the white pressure on the queenside, while hoping to keep the white king safe in the long-term.
- Positionally subtle
- Leads to long-term pressure
- The c4 pawn can be vulnerable
- White might have to sacrifice a pawn
- Black can generally avoid the Catalan