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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: 2482
Years covered: 1938 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 33.3%
   Black wins 23.8%
   Draws 42.9%

Popularity graph, by decade

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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 100; games 1-25 of 2,482  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Simonson vs Kupchik  0-141 1938 USA ChE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
2. Trompowsky vs Keres  0-134 1939 Buenos Aires ol-finE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
3. Bondarevsky vs Veresov  1-040 1940 USSR ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
4. D Jones vs S Crockett  ½-½60 1946 Nottingham-B3E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
5. Keres vs E Klein 1-041 1946 radio Moskva-London mE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
6. Ragozin vs Pinkus  1-064 1946 USA-USSR Radio-matchE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
7. Lilienthal vs Kan  ½-½66 1947 USSR ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
8. Kasparian vs Tolush  1-064 1947 Parnu itE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
9. Bondarevsky vs Keres ½-½65 1947 MoscowE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
10. Opocensky vs G Fletzer  ½-½22 1948 5, Venice it ITAE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
11. C Kottnauer vs H Kramer  ½-½39 1948 Beverwijk NEDE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
12. Opocensky vs V Castaldi  0-144 1948 1, Venice it ITAE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
13. Tolush vs G Ilivitsky 1-023 1948 USSR ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
14. Alatortsev vs Keres  ½-½31 1948 USSR ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
15. V Tarasov vs Taimanov  ½-½21 1949 LeningradE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
16. K S Ojanen vs Szily  0-134 1949 Trencianske TepliceE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
17. O Ulvestad vs C Joachim  1-016 1949 Pacific Northwest ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
18. Golombek vs Unzicker  ½-½33 1950 Hastings 5051E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
19. R Hermanowa vs V Borisenko-Belova  0-126 1950 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
20. O Barda vs L Watzl  1-024 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
21. B Sandor vs G Kluger  ½-½54 1950 HUN-ch 06thE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
22. Alatortsev vs Flohr  ½-½27 1950 USSR ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
23. Najdorf vs H Kramer 1-038 1950 AmsterdamE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
24. B Tot vs Puc  ½-½36 1951 YUG-ch 7thE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
25. Julio Bolbochan vs R Flores Alvarez  1-041 1951 Mar del Plata (Argentina)E04 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  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  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  Dillinger: ah Phoenix beat me to it :)
May-03-04  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  WTHarvey: Here are some zaps n traps in E04 miniatures:
Jun-27-07  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  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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