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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs David Bronstein
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 3, Sep-02
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Dec-04-04  Backward Development: of interest:
on the catalan system
"The Catalan only appears to be a harmless opening: in reality it conceals a number of subtleties, which is why it is so often played by such as Keres, Smyslov and Petrosian. White's move, nf3, is one such nuance. usually, check is given here, and the pawn recaptured, but this allows black to develop his bishop via d7 to c6. now, however, white has the choice, depending upon circumstances, of recovering his pawn by nf3-e5-xc4 or nb1-d2-xc4, or going back to Qd1-a4-xc4. If black plays it like a Queen's Gambit, and tries to 'equalize by means of the standard maneuver...c5, the fianchettoed bishop unleashes tremendous power: for example 5...c5 6.0-0 Nc6
7.Qa4 Bd7
8.dc Na5
9.Qc2 Bxc5
10.Ne5 Rc8
11.Nc3 b5
12.Bg5 and white has an outstanding game.'"
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