Powerplay 24: A Repertoire For Black Against the Catalan
by Danny King
The Catalan is a reliable opening for White, but there are ways for Black to shake White out of his complacency while still maintaining a sound and solid position himself. On this video Grandmaster Daniel King offers you a repertoire for Black against the Catalan, based around maintaining the rock of a pawn on d5. Keeping central control ultimately gives Black good chances to launch an attack against the enemy King. The repertoire is demonstrated in 10 stem games with the system 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Bb4+. The check proves somewhat awkward for the smooth flow of White’s development. All three of White’s responses (5.Bd2, 5.Nbd2, 5.Nc3) are examined. Black's 4...Bb4+ has been played by Magnus Carlsen of late and has been regularly and successfully employed most notably by Anand and Spassky. A system against the Reti/English 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 e6 3.g3 is also provided.
One of the great advantages of playing this system for Black is that theory is relatively simple: this opening depends on your understanding of ideas, not tricky variations with counter-intuitive computer moves. Complete games are discussed so that one gains an idea about typical strategies for both sides. More than that, these model games provide inspiration to play the opening. This is an interactive video. At key moments in the games Grandmaster King pauses and puts you on the spot. You will have to find and play the best move. He then gives feedback in further video clips according to the move you chose.
• A complete repertoire for Black against the Catalan
• Up-to-date theory
• Video running time: 5 hours 36 min (English)
• Interactive training including video feedback
• Exclusive database with 50 Model games with typical middlegame strategy
• Suitable for club players
• Including CB 12 – Reader
Daniel King is a Grandmaster from England. He has been a professional chess player for over 25 years representing his country on numerous occasions. Acclaimed as a coach, broadcaster, and commentator of major tournaments, he is one of the few professional players able to break down and explain complex concepts. The Power Play video series covers openings, middlegames, endgames, strategy and tactics.
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