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Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3 (E04)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 g3 d5 4 Bg2 dxc4 5 Nf3

Number of games in database: 2731
Years covered: 1938 to 2018
Overall record:
   White wins 33.7%
   Black wins 23.3%
   Draws 43.0%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Boris Gelfand  33 games
Gennady Sosonko  28 games
Yuri Razuvaev  23 games
Arkadij Naiditsch  32 games
Andrei Sokolov  23 games
Michael Adams  22 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2007
Anand vs Topalov, 2010
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006
Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2010
A S Rasmussen vs Robson, 2009
M Mchedlishvili vs R Sangma, 2014
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 page 1 of 110; games 1-25 of 2,731  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Simonson vs Kupchik  0-1411938USA-chE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
2. Trompowsky vs Keres  0-1341939Buenos Aires ol-finE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
3. Fine vs Shainswit  1-0371940USA-chE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
4. Bondarevsky vs Veresov  1-0401940USSR ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
5. D Jones vs S Crockett  ½-½601946Nottingham-B3E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
6. Keres vs E Klein 1-0411946GBR - USSR radio mE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
7. Ragozin vs Pinkus  1-0641946USA-USSR Radio-matchE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
8. Lilienthal vs Kan  ½-½661947USSR ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
9. Kasparian vs Tolush  1-0641947ParnuE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
10. Bondarevsky vs Keres ½-½1051947MoscowE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
11. C Kottnauer vs H Kramer  ½-½391948HoogovenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
12. Opocensky vs G Fletzer  ½-½221948VeniceE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
13. Opocensky vs V Castaldi  0-1441948VeniceE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
14. Tolush vs G Ilivitsky 1-0231948USSR ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
15. Alatortsev vs Keres  ½-½311948USSR ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
16. O Ulvestad vs C Joachim  1-0161949Pacific Northwest ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
17. V Tarasov vs Taimanov  ½-½211949URS-ch sfE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
18. K S Ojanen vs Szily  0-1341949Reti MemorialE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
19. S Erdelyi vs J Balogh  1-0351949BucharestE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
20. Golombek vs Unzicker  ½-½331950Hastings 1950/51E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
21. R Hermanowa vs V Borisenko-Belova  0-1261950Moscow, WCH Woman RUSE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
22. O Barda vs L Watzl  1-02419501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
23. B Sandor vs G Kluger  ½-½541950HUN-ch 06thE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
24. Alatortsev vs Flohr  ½-½271950USSR ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
25. Najdorf vs H Kramer 1-0381950AmsterdamE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-03-04  Minor Piece Activity: Do any super gms today play this from the white side?
May-03-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phoenix: Here are some recent games I found:
Radjabov vs Topalov, 2004
Gelfand vs Aronian, 2003
Gelfand vs Adams, 2003
Gelfand vs L Bruzon, 2002
I Sokolov vs Skripchenko-Lautier, 2002
Gelfand vs Van Wely, 2002
Karpov vs Van Wely, 2002
Bareev vs Adams, 2002
Kasparov vs Adams, 2001
May-03-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Dillinger: Yes, but apart from Khalifman (who uses it regularly) only as a distraction. Kasparov vs Adams, 2001
Ivanchuk vs I Novikov, 1986
Topalov vs Morozevich, 1996
Judit Polgar vs Bronstein, 1988
Bareev vs Aleksandrov, 2000
May-03-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Dillinger: ah Phoenix beat me to it :)
May-03-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phoenix: Wow, by a mere minute!!
Jul-20-05  rochade18: In this line Black often plays 5...a6 in order to protect the c4-pawn with b5. In that case white plays 6.0-0 and 7.Se5 with a strong attack.

But this attack is not the same after 5...c6 which indirectly covers the rook on a8. Why does black not play 5...c6 instead of a6?

Sep-26-06  nummerzwei: I think black doesn´t play c6 in order to put either the c8-bishop or the b8-knight on the c6 square.
Apr-22-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  WTHarvey: Here are some zaps n traps in E04 miniatures: http://www.wtharvey.com/e04.html
Jun-27-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  hicetnunc: <rochade18> 5...c6 is fully playable
Dec-27-07  Chess Addict: Hi,

I need yo know the evaluation after the following moves of Catalan:

1. d4, Nf6
2. c4, e6
3. g3, d5
4. Bg2, dxc4
5. Nf3 b5
6. a4, c6
7. axb5, cxb5
8. Ne5, Nd5
9. Nc3, Bb4
10. 0-0, Bxc3
11. e4, Bxb2
12. exd5, Bxa1
13. Ba3, ...

It seems complicated to me, and my opening book says that White holds the edge, but I am not sure. What are some ways White can play for a better advantage positionally?

Jan-30-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Cactus: A bit of a late responce, but you can always play for the advantage with Qa4+ after ...dxc4. You won't have to gambit a pawn, and it will be more positional, but it is more drawish. Andersson played it often.
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