17th Chess.com Thematic Tournament - Catalan (1601-1800)


#2 bazsi97 (2350)

#3 Alonso38 (2334)

TD: CHESScom Started on November 1, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Players: 836   Time Control: 3 days/move
Max Group Size: 6   Rating Range: 1601-1800
# Advance: 1   Tie Breaks: Yes
Points Available: 553   Games Rated: Yes

Tournament Stats
Starting Players: 836 Completed Games: 4972 (tournament is 100% complete)
Eliminated Round 1: 695 (83% of field) Games in Round 1: 4,160
Eliminated Round 2: 112 (13% of field) Games in Round 2: 680
Eliminated Round 3: 20 (2% of field) Games in Round 3: 120
Eliminated Round 4: 4 (0% of field) Games in Round 4: 12
Players Withdrawn: 52 (6%) # Timeouts: 1124 (22%)
Remaining Players: 0 (0%) Remaining Games: 0 (current round)
Average Rating: 1635 Biggest Upset: 1466 defeats 2140

This is the 17th Official Chess.com Thematic Tournament. It will begin November 1st, so register now!


All games start with the Catalan,


  1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2


NOTE: If you register now and your rating changes before the start date, you will be AUTOMATICALLY moved to the correct group when the tournament starts. 


You will play up to 10 games at a time in this event.


Vacation time is allowed.  


New rounds will start when ALL games in the current round are complete.  


If you have other questions (group size, # of people advancing, etc) read the Tournament Description above. If you still have questions, try this help file


Good luck everyone!


  • 3 years ago


    Well well Im in the next step...

  • 3 years ago


    @Ilmaven, you get eliminated 

  • 3 years ago


    what happens if points-wise you lead but are behind on tie breaks?

  • 4 years ago


    Good luck, thanks

  • 4 years ago


    It would be nice to have the possibility to post comments among the members of a group, for instance together with the table of results of the group.

  • 4 years ago


    Maybe that Kasparov play against players with more than 2500 ELO points.Xb

  • 4 years ago


    I rarely resign. My opponent might make a mistake, or flag. Basically, it doesn't cost more to lose by checkmate than by resignation. But as long as the game is going, I have a chance, and if I resign, I have no chance at all.

  • 4 years ago


    I don't wanna be a torture guy though :)

  • 4 years ago


    You're right!

  • 4 years ago


    No need to grit your teeth, you ultimately win and also can comtemplate ways to torture them. It might take a while, so you'll have to take your time. Enjoy Wink

  • 4 years ago


    I don't understand why people do not resign when the position indicates an obvious defeat. Grandmasters resign as well. Haven't you seen Kasparov resigning a game? Well, they resign because there is no hope for the game at that point. This is not a blitz game anyway. I don't understand you guys! especially one of my opponents :))

  • 4 years ago


    Naturally, e.g. 1401-1600 or 1801-2000 and other.

  • 4 years ago


    @NJRDC - Please read to the end.


    NOTE: If you register now and your rating changes before the start date, you will be AUTOMATICALLY moved to the correct group when the tournament starts. 


  • 4 years ago


    what are the prizes ?

  • 4 years ago


    Ya you are right. Sometimes early c5 is needed to correctly transpose to Tarrasch especially in some English opening.

    Another one:


  • 4 years ago


    Thanks a bunch for organising the tournament. I have enrolled and hopefully will learn something. I had never heard of the Catalan prior to this.

    I do have a quick question and would greatly appreciate any feedback.

    1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2.

    Continuing the line above

    4. Bg2 c5 5. Nf3 Nc6

    transposes into Tarrasch Defense Main Line (Rubenstien Variation).

    If this opening just transposes into another well known defense within two moves, what is the speciality or uniqueness of this opening. Not that I dont like it or an expert to rebutt it but just curious if there are any other variations and lines that can be explored.

    Thanks in advance for any feedback..Cheers!



  • 4 years ago




    Smaller one for quick start, will organise more if respond is quick!!

  • 4 years ago


    The Catalan is one of my favorite openings... really excited for this tournament.  Laughing

  • 4 years ago


    thanks a lot

  • 4 years ago



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