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Vladimir Petrov vs Alexander Kotov
USSR Championship (1940), Moscow URS, rd 1, Sep-05
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E02)  ·  1-0


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: A typical example of the slow, agonizing death Black can suffer in the Catalan. After move 10, the position looks safe. After move 20, the "shadow, no larger than a child's hand" looms on the horizon: somehow, White found two extra tempi to bring his Rooks to the center. And that's all it takes; 8 moves later, White has an extra pawn, Black's pawns are all isolated and/or doubled, and White's Rook is much superior.

As someone who enjoyed playing both sides of the Catalan, I can tell you that this isn't as easy as it looks.

Aug-29-07  apple pi: <After 28...axb5>: Isn't that the worst pawn structure you've ever seen?
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  profK: I prefer to not move my queen 5 times in the first 12 moves !!!!!
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