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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: 3112
Years covered: 1938 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 33.8%
   Black wins 23.2%
   Draws 43.0%

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 125; games 1-25 of 3,112  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Simonson vs Kupchik  0-1411938USA-chE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
2. Opocensky vs A S Rocha  1-0671939Buenos Aires ol (Men) fin-AE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
3. Trompowsky vs Keres  0-1341939Buenos Aires ol (Men) fin-AE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
4. Fine vs Shainswit  1-0371940USA-chE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
5. Bondarevsky vs Veresov 1-0401940USSR ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
6. D Jones vs S Crockett  ½-½601946Nottingham-B3E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
7. Keres vs E Klein 1-0411946GBR - USSR radio mE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
8. Ragozin vs Pinkus  1-0641946USA-USSR Radio-matchE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
9. Lilienthal vs Kan  ½-½661947USSR ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
10. Kasparian vs Tolush  1-0641947ParnuE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
11. Bondarevsky vs Keres ½-½1051947MoscowE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
12. C Kottnauer vs H Kramer  ½-½391948HoogovenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
13. Opocensky vs V Castaldi  0-1441948VeniceE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
14. Opocensky vs G Fletzer  ½-½221948VeniceE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
15. Tolush vs G Ilivitsky 1-0231948USSR ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
16. Alatortsev vs Keres  ½-½311948USSR ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
17. O Ulvestad vs C Joachim  1-0161949Pacific Northwest ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
18. V Tarasov vs Taimanov  ½-½211949URS-ch sfE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
19. K S Ojanen vs Szily  0-1341949Reti MemorialE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
20. S Erdelyi vs J Balogh  1-0351949BucharestE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
21. Golombek vs Unzicker  ½-½331950Hastings 1950/51E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
22. R Hermanowa vs V Borisenko-Belova  0-1261950Moscow, WCH Woman RUSE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
23. O Barda vs L Watzl  1-02419501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
24. B Sandor vs G Kluger  ½-½541950HUN-ch 06thE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
25. B Sandor vs J Balogh  ½-½621950HUN-ch 06thE04 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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