ChessGoals Catalan Course
ChessGoals Catalan Course by National Master Matt Jensen
- Delayed Open Catalan (8 lines)
- Closed Catalan (10 lines)
- Bogo-Indian (8 lines)
- Open Catalan (8 lines)
- Benoni (9 lines)
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Chapter 1: Delayed Open Catalan
This chapter covers the mainline at advanced levels, and we will also cover intermediate mistakes. Many players are ready for 7.Qc2, so Matt will teach you a sideline that Magnus Carlsen has played (7.Na3).
We gain a comfortable space advantage if Black doesn’t capture the knight. If Black captures, we have the lead in development and the initiative.
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Chapter 2: Closed Catalan
The Closed Catalan is the most popular line at the club level. This chapter contains ten lines, and Black adopts passive positions.
Many of the annotated games come from the Closed Catalan structure. We look at an early c6, then follow-up with other move orders that Black can deploy.
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Chapter 3: Bogo-Indian
This chapter covers lines where Black plays Bb4+, either on moves 3 or 4. We recommend starting with Nd2 to block the check. Blocking with the knight scores well in practice and can often lead to a bishop pair advantage in the middlegame.
Black has a choice between giving us a big center or the bishop pair. This offbeat line is likely to confuse the opponent.
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Chapter 4: Open Catalan
When Black captures on c4 early, that leads to the Open Catalan. We are going to look at a not-so-common 5.Qa4+. The simplicity of winning the pawn back and then developing in the center is appealing.
When Black goes for the Open Catalan, frequently, they are looking to gain a pawn out of the opening. We will put the game on our court.
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Chapter 5: Benoni Family
The Benoni is an aggressive system for Black. We found an interesting idea with f3! This move prevents Black’s attempts to trade minor pieces and proves a frustrating system for Black to face.
Matt will walk you through how to constrict the opponent’s play and then steamroll the opponent with the pawns.