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Catalan, Open (E03)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 g3 d5 4 Bg2 dxc4 5 Qa4+ Nbd7 6 Qxc4

Number of games in database: 68
Years covered: 1937 to 2018
Overall record:
   White wins 38.2%
   Black wins 19.1%
   Draws 42.6%

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NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Korchnoi vs N Levin, 1949
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1951
Smyslov vs Larry Evans, 1952
A Dunkelblum vs Euwe, 1950
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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 68  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Flohr vs Reshevsky  ½-½431937Hastings 1937/38E03 Catalan, Open
2. J G Caetano Netto vs E Eliskases 0-1521941Aguas de Sao PedroE03 Catalan, Open
3. R Pruun vs Keres  0-1251945Tallinn, Est op chE03 Catalan, Open
4. Smyslov vs O'Kelly 1-0411946GroningenE03 Catalan, Open
5. Smyslov vs Kan 1-0411947USSR ChampionshipE03 Catalan, Open
6. Korchnoi vs N Levin 1-0311949URS-ch qfE03 Catalan, Open
7. A Bozic vs Gligoric  0-1561949YUG-ch 4th 1948/49E03 Catalan, Open
8. Novotelnov vs Z Solmanis  ½-½251949URS-ch sfE03 Catalan, Open
9. Taimanov vs Bondarevsky  ½-½421949URS-ch sfE03 Catalan, Open
10. G Barcza vs G Kluger  1-0521950HUN-ch 05thE03 Catalan, Open
11. A Dunkelblum vs Euwe 0-1521950BEL-NEDE03 Catalan, Open
12. A Dunkelblum vs R Flores Alvarez  ½-½141950Dubrovnik olmE03 Catalan, Open
13. Smyslov vs Byvshev 1-0471951Chigorin MemorialE03 Catalan, Open
14. Smyslov vs Suetin 1-0461951URS-ch sfE03 Catalan, Open
15. Smyslov vs Botvinnik 1-0411951Training GameE03 Catalan, Open
16. Novotelnov vs Lipnitsky  ½-½301951USSR ChampionshipE03 Catalan, Open
17. Keres vs H Platz 1-0251952BudapestE03 Catalan, Open
18. G Barcza vs Golombek  ½-½591952BudapestE03 Catalan, Open
19. G Porreca vs B Koch  1-0471952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-BE03 Catalan, Open
20. Smyslov vs Larry Evans 1-0651952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-CE03 Catalan, Open
21. Udovcic vs Gligoric  0-1431952YUG-chE03 Catalan, Open
22. M Lauberte vs N Voitsikh  0-12419542nd Soviet Team CupE03 Catalan, Open
23. N Golovko vs M Mukhitdinov  1-05419542nd Soviet Team CupE03 Catalan, Open
24. G Porreca vs F R Anderson  0-1551954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BE03 Catalan, Open
25. R Toran Albero vs P Martin  1-0271955Club ArgentinoE03 Catalan, Open
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  Sneaky: What's the best way to attack the Catalan, as Black?
Dec-02-04  EnglishOpeningc4: Sneaky, the best way to attack the catalan is the open variation catalan players hate it
Aug-10-10  rapidcitychess: <C4> Tsk, Tsk, Open is what Catalan players want. Their bishop is far too strong if allowed to be. The open is completly reasonable,but must be played with care. FM kicked me in to dirt with it on ICC. Closed semi-slav is better for Sneaky because of his love for it. (4...c6)
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