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Wfa4 Wfd7 when Black is alright after 9. Wfxc4 lLlxd4 1 O. Putting the other piece on c6 looks rather dubious: Wfd3 Razuvaev's recommendation in Chess Informant 51 was 9.
Wfd3 and White dominates with his pair of bishops, as Black cannot play 1 1. In addition to these, we should also have a quick look at: This has only occurred twice in practice, as Black quickly understood that after: Finally I decided to go with a new move. Black's position is rather dubious.
This happened in Tratar - Plesec, Slovenia 1 The lesser evil would be White could now grab a decisive advantage with: V;Ya4 9. Unfortunately Black's try to complicate the game falls short: N This move has never occurred in tournament practice, nevertheless it is critical. White is obviously better after 1 0. Horvath - Lukacs, Budapest 1 , or 1 O. Horvath Bokros, Szekszard 1 Other options are worse: Chapter 1 - 4.
In my opinion White should continue with the same new move as in variation A: Black easily equalizes. In both games White opted for 9. Less accurate is White has the better prospects. Only in this way can White fight for the advantage: And now Black has a choice: Wlc2 ttJxc3 1 4.
Wlxc3 Wlb5! Black comfortably equalizes after 1 8. Wlxd7t ttJfxd7 1 2. White's king will quickly move towards the centre, and Black's weak pawns on the queenside are an important factor.
White had powerful compensation for the pawn in Slipak - Adla, Buenos Aires 1 Black has two main options: Cl 12 ib4 and C2 1 2!! Once again there is Now White could have effectively decided the game with 1 4. White has tried to develop his bishop differently with 1 Wfxb5 Ei: The wrong recapture.
Although Black's position looks solid, White has a pleasant edge thanks to his space advantage and bishop pair. This position occurred in Hofland - Westerman, corr. N This would have been very strong: In Chapter 1 - 4. White is clearly better after 1 7. Not so good is 1 6. VMc2 and Black has difficulties defending his c6pawn. N is a serious improvement over 1 6.
Then I dislike White's prospects after 1 6. Only this move 1 6. VMb7 Now White can break through with the nice: Seizing the initiative. For example: Black's position is very dangerous. N This is my improvement over 1 ! In this game Black overlooked a neat defensive idea: N A natural novelty that poses Black definite problems.
White's idea is to seize the initiative along the c-file, while White's dark-squared bishop might be useful on a5. The only move White has tried in practice is: After 1 5. White gained a nice edge with 1 6. Polgar, Rimavska Sobota 1 99 1. The tactical j ustification is Either White can play 1 8. Objectively White's chances are slightly preferable in this line. In the main line my novelty In this 5. The Catalan Gambir play 7. Elae l! The Catalan 26 l. Black's idea is very simple: White is aiming to regain the pawn, and maintain typical Catalan pressute.
There are other options as well, such as 6. Raetsky is the author of two books on the Catalan, one in English and one in German, which is why I chose his game. I have 53 games with this position in my database, with players such as Bacrot, Miton, Laznicka and Gleizerov all winning with White.
However, the position is not very theoretical, so we will just stop here and say that the position is better for White, and holds few risks for him. In this posltlon we have to look at two major alternatives for Black: I would also like to mention two minor options, which deserve a little attention, though not more. White should have continued 1 O.
White In this position White has a very promising idea at his disposal. If White manages to regain the pawn he would get a very pleasant position with typical Catalan pressure. Even after more than 60 years of playing the Catalan, the closest we have to a superhero in chess still has something new and surprising to add to opening theory.
Actually the knight j ump to the edge of the board looks extremely strange, as we should not forget that Black can capture it with check! Nevertheless, White has serious threats along the h l -a8 diagonal, and all the tactics look great for him.
We now have two serious options: AI 8 'fIxa5t and A2 For example, 1 1. Capturing the knight leads to a forced line, which has never been tested in practice, so you will have to be content with my elaborations on Korchnoi's analysis.
Black faces serious problems: Let's return to the main line. White should be better in the long-term thanks to his superior pawn structure, but the 28 The Catalan computer claims that White can also strike immediately with the very unexpected: CtJe3 and Black unavoidably will lose material.
This subtle manoeuvre was suggested to me by my computer. White is only slightly better after more 'human' play: CtJb3 'lWb5 1 7. CtJd7 Black cannot take the pawn with 1 7. CtJxe6 fxe6 1 9. A very effective move which forces Black to accept an inferior pawn structure. A nice touch that secures White's advantage. If CtJc2 'lWb5 1 5. CtJc6 1 6. CtJxb4 CtJxb4 1 7. White gets exactly the kind of desirable position he was aiming for. Clearly worse is 1 6. For example, 2 1.
However, I do not want to give the impression that this is a topical theoretical position, so I have decided to keep it as a sideline. It seems this capture is very risky for Black. VNxa5 After 1 1. VNg4 allows White.
Black cannot play VNa4 VNb6 VNxd2 bxc3 1 6. VNa4 is less clear after 1 5. VNc2 It is difficult for Black to deal with White's initiative. Black cannot play 1 1. VNg4 After 1 4. White wins the pawn, as Black cannot take the bishop: VNxhB This wins for White.
Using the fact that Black cannot play 1 Chapter 2 - 4. Wi'xd2 axb6 I S. Wi'c2 1 7. Wi'b3 i. Wi'a3 with the idea b4 1 6. Wi'd l i. Wi'xfl 2 1. And here very strong would be: Wi'c2 i. Wi'c6t and White is winning I B. Wi'd3 lDe7 It seems to me that it was better to retreat. Attacking both the a7- and f6-pawns. Wi'xf6 i. Wi'xd l 2S. Wi'xf6 White is much better because of Black's exposed king. A clever tactical trick that gives White a promising position.
Now White should have played the simple 1 4. Chapter 2 - Ek1 Axd5 Ae3 Axd5 Axc5 ttJxc5 Ac3 It is less obvious than 6. White sacrifices a second pawn, but in return he gets a very dangerous initiative, thanks to his dark-squared bishop which prevents Black from castling short. Another line runs 7.
Ad2 b5 with typical Catalan play: Black retains his extra pawn, while White has a lot of play in the centre. After the text we have reached another branching point. In this position the serious options are not necessarily better than the less serious options.
However, the main lines are: White's positional advantage is indisputable. The difference in the quality of the pieces is immense. Atalik - Adly, Wijk aan Zee I think White now missed the simple 8. Axb4 ttJxb4 9. Dubious is 7. Axd2t 8. After S. Wb3 lDd5 when I do not like White's minor pieces on the queens ide, while Black will easily deliver the. The quiet 1 1. Wb3 Mter 1 2. Wc7 1 3.
Here White should not have castled, but instead continued with: N Preventing the simplifying idea of. It is now hard for Black to get the bB-knight into the game without challenging the bS-pawn, but this also has some disadvantages. Ag2 c6 6. Black once tried 9. Wixd6 1 2. Since then only one more game has been played with this move.
Despite White's horrible score a half point out of two games I believe this rare move poses Black serious problems. Previously White had tried mainly 1 O. Wid6 with inevitable mate I l. Tkachiev's novelty is the beginning of almost forced play.
Wid2 Played with the idea of castling long less convincing is 1 1. Another of the ideas of I l. Wid2 - White is threatening Wic7. WixbS cxbS 1 6. Wig6 1 2. The Catalan 36 1 VNc3 l 4. VNxe2 1 5. VNxa2 loses to 1 4. Starting from 1 O. VNxg7 1 7. VNxf6 ttJxf6 VNh5t ct? VNxf6 looks pretty hopeless 1 9. There is also 1 3. In Chess Informant Goloshchapov gave the following interesting line: VNg5 ttJ e2t Wlg5 f6 N This is a really strong improvement over the two existing games.
Incidentally, this move was suggested by Goloshchapov in his comments.
Wih6 2 1. Wixe3 2 1. Instead of 2 1. N I have analysed the position in depth. Everything seems to work perfectly for White: This brilliant strike decides the issue, for example: Wia7 lLldS 2 1. He can also can sacrifice with lDxc4 followed by gb 1 at any appropriate moment. Instead 2 1. It seems that the whole line is quite promising for White.
Do not forget that we can choose 7. The main line with 6. Tkachiev's novelty 1 O. Certainly Black can try 7.
The Catalan 40 l. We shall look at the four important ones: A very concrete approach. It is difficult to appreciate at first, but White regains the pawn after this recapture, while 7.
In the event of 7. N After 8. Also good for White would be 8. The main line goes: Now this sortie secures White's advantage. White should have continued 1 3. In my opinion this pawn sacrifice is the critical continuation in this line. Other options are: White was clearly better i n Kharitonov Kholmov, Moscow 1 White is aiming to regain the pawn and claim a pleasant edge thanks to his better pawn structure.
Black has reasonable counterplay. After 1 1. Instead of 1 2. Kosintseva, Russia , White should have played: White is better now. With an advantage. The endgame looks favourable for White.
The following are some approximate lines j ust to illustrate the themes and possibilities: Surprisingly, after this retreat I found no advantage for White in existing theory. However, the sequence. Chapter 3 - 4. In my opinion this is a very important nuance: Black has a dilemma about where to go with his king: After the text it seems I have managed to find a serious improvement: There are two games where White tried 1 1.
Now White has tried both captures, but despite having a very attractive position at first sight, he failed on both occasions to obtain any real advantage: N The Catalan 44 With the idea of preventing the simplifying manoeuvre. Black was perfectly OK after 1 4. I consider the following is very likely to become the main line: The following line looks pretty forced: Wxg7 e7!
Wg7 lLlxd4 when Black is much better. Wg5 1 2. Wa4 Wb6 1 4. At this point Black has two options, 01 It would be a serious mistake to play 7. White recaptures with the f3-knight, which allows him to regain the material with dividends. This simply loses, but even after the best continuation 1 3.
Black intends to hold onto the pawn with the help of. And now I believe: N is stronger than 9. White has a clear advantage. White's best option. It is very important to protect the d-pawn in case of the following line: N Winning the exchange is far from clear: CDe5 CDxe5 1 1. CDe5 CDxe5 1 2. CDc3 c6 1 5. CDbxd2 b5 1 0. CDxb3 leads to a previously mentioned line, where White's compensation is enough only for equality. Apparently stronger was D21 Wc2 h6 1 O.!
Wxc4 White regains the pawn and had the advantage in Schebler - Tolnai, Berlin 1 After the text play continues: The idea looks very nice, but I fail to see any advantage after the calm: We6 l S. WxdS would leave White with good compensation, thanks to his strong knight on f5. WxdS ttJe5 1 9. White is a pawn down, but in return he has a lot of play in the centre, while Black's pieces are quite passive on the queenside.
Still, Black's defensive resources should not be underestimated. The following line is an approximation of how play might continue: Wc2 ttJ d7 l S.
We3 With obvious compensation. Clearly the best option. O ther moves are: Wlc7 White has a clear attacking plan of opening up the position on the kingside with the help of g4-g5. This position occurred in L. Meyer - Neksandrov, Gistrup 1 White should have played the simple 1 1. There is some point in In my opinion l O. Wlxc4 White is better, as he has a clear plan on the queenside. Dubious is 9. But Black just in time to equalize after: Actually, this is the point behind Black's idea, when he is definitely fine.
Wld3 l'! Black is planning to defend his c4-pawn with. It is very important that in reply to Instead if 1 4. This position is actually mentioned in 1 2.
Wa4 bS l S. WxaS i. N This is my attempt to improve on 1 7. Instead 1 I think that Black cannot keep the tension on the queens ide and so he should simplifY the play with: Wg6 would be dubious: Wxg6 fxg6 1 9.
Wxc3 bxa4 1 9. Wxc4 Wb6 There is no question that Black's position is very solid, but White's chances seem slightly preferable, as Black has a few weaknesses on the queenside.
In summary, I can state that Black's most challenging continuation is 6. There have not, as yet, been enough games with 7.
In my view this is a promising line, while I also recognise that Black's position is quite sound. I expect to see many games in the near future with 7.
J b6 B sideline with 8. It was repeatedly used by such strong players as Smyslov, Korchnoi and Huebner, but recently I can remember only one strong player, Lajos Portisch, who has used this move on a few occasions. Black's idea is to temporarily defend the c4-pawn by means.
The hope is that the time White will need to regain the pawn will enable Black to arrange his pieces optimally. This variety makes it sensible to explain the themes as they arise in the analysis rather than attempt a strategic overview now.
Striking at White's centre instead of trying to cling on to the c4-pawn. White intends to immediately regain the pawn. An interesting alternative might be 7. This natural continuation is White's best move according to the theory books. This reaches an important crossroads for Black, as he has no fewer than six possible moves at his disposal: These moves cover a huge range of different motifs such as attacking White's centre, simple development or desperately hanging onto the Chapter 4 - 4.
Petrosian, Yerevan After the text I believe White can improve on existing theory with a strong novelty. It seems to me, that Black gets a clear advantage after 1 2. Here are a few examples: J'MB 1 2. And now 1 3 J'i: Clearly Black has crude thoughts of.
Wc2, but the position that arises after the essentially forced 7. Wxc6 Ei: Wc2 Ei: White has powerful compensation. Wf4 c5 1 O. Jd5 1 3. Jd2 ct: J7b6 1 4. Wc2 9. Wxc4 a worthy alternative might be 9. Play might continue as follows: Jb4 The weakness of the b4-square allows Black to place his knight perfectly.
Wb3 ,ta6 1 4. Wd 1 Ei: We2 AI; always, White can choose a different concept: Jxe4 1 1. Jd6 1 2. N Black is fine after 9. Jxe5 1 0. Jd5 1 1. Jc3 White's development advantage starts to tell, and it is not so easy for Black to deal with all the threats. Wd7 Or 1 2. Wd2 Wxd2 1 4. Je4 ct: Jd5 1 9. Jb4 1 6. Jxc2 1 7. Now White should have continued mobilizing his pieces with 1 4. E1ac l , and White's extra space means he is clearly better.
VNxc4 VNb6 In case of 1 1. E1d l VNd5 as happened in Reefschlaeger - Gamer, Germany , there is no problem for White in swapping queens after 1 3.
Black is prevented from reliably defending his pawn with. It seems to me that White is better in every line: VNxb4 j,xb4 VNc2 ttJ d6 Now I do not see any point in rushing with 1 0. White can simply play 1 0. Wfc2 i. Wfb3 and in Evdokimov - Burkhanov, Ufa , Black quickly collapsed after 1 3.
Black cannot avoid losing material 1 5. Wfh4 and Black wins Wfxg4 with a large advantage. White's initiative is decisive. Mter 1 1. Rodriguez, New York White's position is very close to winning.
Yet another way of preparing. Wif3 Wic8 Dc3 Dfd2 J. Other moves are possible: Wixd4 J. Wid3 l l. Wif4 1 2. Wif3 Wia8 1 5. White is obviously better, Khalifman Portisch, Bazna Df6 2. Df3 c! Dbd7 6. Dbd2 8. An interesting try to complicate matters, bur everything. Wih5 cxd5 1 4.
Wixe5t J. Wixg7 J. Dxc4 White has regained the pawn and kept a definite space advantage, so Black is very far from equalizing. The white queen will transfer to f3. Db6 This is more a developing move than a serious. White will collect the c4-pawn easily enough. He obtains an advantage after: CtJd5 I 1. CtJ c6 Wb6 1 2. CtJxe7 c: JJ xe7 1 3. CtJf3 CtJxf3t 1 3. Wd3 b4 1 6. E1fd l 1 9.
We2 The text is more accurate than 8. CtJxc4 CtJxc4 9. Wa4t which allows Black to activate his light-squared bishop: This position is obviously in White's favour, as Black is far from achieving the typical.
I will give just one example of a game between good players to show Black's difficulties. Wc2 and Black has no time for 1 1. We2 Wb6 1 2. SacS SfdS 1 5. Wxe4 Wc2 transposes to 6. An important move, as Black could have met 8.
Wc2 with the annoying 8. Wb3 1 2. This move is just a waste of time and allows White to effortlessly seize the initiative. Obviously Black should have played 1 2. The following is just an illustrative variation: Wxb7 WdSt WxdS ttJxdS 2 1. Horvath, Aggtelek 1 Wa4t id7 l o. Wxc4 Black has a wide choice at this j uncture: Wb6 l 1. Wb3 f6 1 5. Wxe6t ie7 1 7. Wb3 cxd4 1 4. After 1 3. Wxd4 Wxd4 1 4. Black has good chances to hold, Wessman - Schneider, Haparanda 1 Wxb4 1 6.
Wa4t i1e7 1 6. Wc2 gc8 1 2. Wb3 1 3. Wb6 1 4. WxbSt i1e7 1 6. J"kd8 1 9. Somewhat stronger would be 1 N I believe that this natural move is White's best option. Other moves seem less clear: Now 1 6. Now Alburt's recommendation in Chess Informant 39 looks quite strong: The only game to reach this position continued: But after Black's position looks very dangerous.
Wxd7 1 8. The simple 1 5.
Wxd7 1 7. In general there should be a reason why 5. And I believe the reason is simple enough: Black is simply worse in this line, while White enjoys a pleasant Catalan advantage.
It is then quite usual for Black to play catch-up and later lose the pawn he has snatched. Sometimes Black tries to solve his opening problems by removing the tension in the centre immediately with A But the most popular move in this position, and probably also the soundest strategy for Black, is to start to develop with B 6 lLlc6 and only then consider taking on d4. In this case White will have to start looking at ways to regain the c-pawn.
Black now has a wide choice of continuations, from which I have decided to look at only the five most natural moves: Nevertheless this move was given an exclamation mark in Chess Informant Chapter 5 - 4.
N This is quite a strong new move. Previously White has tried only 8. VAfxdl 8. White is winning a pawn, as 1 4. VAfa4t tild7 9. VAfxc4 til7b6 1 0. VAfb3 ,td7 1. Ya4t V!: Yd7 9. The key move. White could decide the game with a brilliant tactical operation: Yxc4 V!: Ye7 1 l.
A very instructive move that does not allow Black to remove the pressure along the h l -aB diagonal. In contrast, the natural l 1. Once again there is n o time for 1 4. Yb6 White's best way to achieve an advantage is to take back the pawn immediately. Ya4t J. Yxc4 tLIa6 The key move: Black intends to use the vulnerable position of White's pieces in the centre by means of.
A very strong move that allows White to so lve his problems tactically while at the same time grabbing the initiative. N In my opinion this is a very important novelty, as Black gains a perfectly playable position after 8.
Black has neutralized the pressure along the h l -a8 diagonal and he has normal play. N This is a simple improvement over 1 4. I also analysed rwo other moves as well, but they are clearly worse: White regains the pawn in favourable circumstances.
Only not 1 0. The Catalan 68 8. Wla4t Wld7 9. Wlxc4 lLlb6 1 1. Wld3 also fails to solve Black's opening problems.
Wlxc4 b5 followed by 1 1. The following is j ust an approximate line: White will regain the pawn in a favourable situation 1 5. J;; e7 1 8. By far Black's most popular answer. Wla4 If we study the theory books, the text is White's most popular option, but recently 7. Certainly 7. If CtJc2 'lWb5 1 5. CtJc6 1 6. CtJxb4 CtJxb4 1 7. White gets exactly the kind of desirable position he was aiming for.
Clearly worse is 1 6. For example, 2 1. However, I do not want to give the impression that this is a topical theoretical position, so I have decided to keep it as a sideline.
It seems this capture is very risky for Black. VNxa5 After 1 1. VNg4 allows White. Black cannot play VNa4 VNb6 VNxd2 bxc3 1 6. VNa4 is less clear after 1 5. VNc2 It is difficult for Black to deal with White's initiative. Black cannot play 1 1. VNg4 After 1 4. White wins the pawn, as Black cannot take the bishop: VNxhB This wins for White. Using the fact that Black cannot play 1 Chapter 2 - 4.
Wi'xd2 axb6 I S. Wi'c2 1 7. Wi'b3 i. E:fc l and White has a clear advantage, and is also threatening Wi'a3 with the idea b4 1 6. Wi'd l i. Wi'xfl 2 1. And here very strong would be: 1 7. Wi'c2 i. Wi'c6t and White is winning I B. Wi'd3 lDe7 E:c7 2 1. E:cl i. E:dB I S. E:c7 1 9. E:fxd l and White is winning. It seems to me that it was better to retreat. A clever tactical trick that gives White a promising position. Now White should have played the simple 1 4.
Chapter 2 - Ek1 Axd5 Ae3 Axd5 Axc5 ttJxc5 Ac3 It is less obvious than 6. White sacrifices a second pawn, but in return he gets a very dangerous initiative, thanks to his dark-squared bishop which prevents Black from castling short.
Another line runs 7. Ad2 b5 with typical Catalan play: Black retains his extra pawn, while White has a lot of play in the centre. After the text we have reached another branching point. In this position the serious options are not necessarily better than the less serious options. However, the main lines are: Bl 7 i. White's positional advantage is indisputable. The difference in the quality of the pieces is immense. Atalik - Adly, Wijk aan Zee I think White now missed the simple 8.
Axb4 ttJxb4 9. Dubious is 7. Axd2t 8. After S. Wb3 lDd5 when I do not like White's minor pieces on the queens ide, while Black will easily deliver the. The quiet 1 1. Wb3 Mter 1 2. Wc7 1 3. Here White should not have castled, but instead continued with: N Preventing the simplifying idea of. It is now hard for Black to get the bB-knight into the game without challenging the bS-pawn, but this also has some disadvantages.
Ag2 c6 6. Black once tried 9. Wixd6 1 2. Since then only one more game has been played with this move. Despite White's horrible score a half point out of two games I believe this rare move poses Black serious problems.