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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: 2163
Years covered: 1938 to 2015
Overall record:
   White wins 32.9%
   Black wins 23.2%
   Draws 43.9%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Boris Gelfand  30 games
Gennady Sosonko  28 games
V Tukmakov  23 games
Arkadij Naiditsch  30 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 Rasmussen vs Robson, 2009
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974
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 page 1 of 87; games 1-25 of 2,163  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. Keres vs E Klein 1-041 1946 radio Moskva-London mE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
5. D Jones vs S Crockett  ½-½60 1946 Nottingham-B3E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
6. Ragozin vs Pinkus  1-064 1946 USA-USSR Radio-matchE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
7. Bondarevsky vs Keres ½-½65 1947 MoscowE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
8. Lilienthal vs Kan  ½-½66 1947 USSR ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
9. Kasparian vs Tolush  1-064 1947 Parnu itE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
10. Alatortsev vs Keres  ½-½31 1948 USSR ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
11. Opocensky vs V Castaldi  0-144 1948 1, Venice it ITAE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
12. Opocensky vs G Fletzer  ½-½22 1948 5, Venice it ITAE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
13. Tolush vs G Ilivitsky 1-023 1948 USSR ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
14. C Kottnauer vs H Kramer  ½-½39 1948 Beverwijk NEDE04 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. Alatortsev vs Flohr  ½-½27 1950 USSR ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
19. Najdorf vs H Kramer 1-038 1950 AmsterdamE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
20. R Hermanowa vs V Borisenko-Belova  0-126 1950 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
21. B Sandor vs G Kluger  ½-½54 1950 HUN-ch 06thE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
22. Golombek vs Unzicker  ½-½33 1950 Hastings 5051E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
23. O Barda vs L Watzl  1-024 1950 1st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
24. Julio Bolbochan vs R Flores Alvarez  1-041 1951 Mar del Plata (Argentina)E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
25. Fine vs Euwe 0-137 1951 Wertheim MemorialE04 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: http://www.wtharvey.com/e04.html
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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