Workshop - Catalan Opening - Pawn Structures, Tactical Ideas, Endgames, and Theoretical Trends (October 2020)
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  • 1.  Introduction and Free Preview Free
  • 2.  Typical Pawn Structures - Video Lecture Closed
  • 3.  Typical Pawn Structures - Model Game 1 Closed
  • 4.  Typical Pawn Structures - Model Game 2 Closed
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  • 18.  Typical Attacking and Tactical Ideas - Video Lecture Closed
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  • 29.  Modern Theoretical Trends - Video Lecture Closed
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  • 31.  Master the Catalan Endgames - Video Lecture Closed
  • 32.  Master the Catalan Endgames - Introduction Closed
  • 33.  Queenside Pressure Closed
  • 34.  Queenside Weaknesses Closed
  • 35.  Endgames with Backward c-pawn Closed
  • 36.  Master the Catalan Endgames - Model Game 1 Closed
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  • 49.00 EUR

    September Workshop - Catalan Opening - Pawn Structures, Tactical Ideas, Endgames, and Theoretical Trends.

    Introduction and Free Preview

    The workshop dedicated to the Catalan Opening is already a digital product. This product includes all the videos from the workshop as well as the PGN file related to the training sessions. Overall, the material consists of approximately 7 hours of video and a PGN database which includes 60 files!

    You will find the following lectures:

    Typical Pawn Structures - GM Petar Arnaudov

    Typical Attacking and Tactical Ideas GM Mihail Marin

    Modern Theoretical Trends - GM Boris Avrukh

    Master the Catalan Endgames - GM Grigor Grigorov

    In this article, we will briefly present some interesting moments taken from the lectures.

    Typical Pawn Structures - GM Petar Arnaudov

    In this lecture, GM Petar Arnaudov presents the fundamental pawn structures every Catalan player should know. 

    In the introduction, GM states, "The Catalan is very popular nowadays and the theory is changing every day. I think that there are two main concepts: One is to try to reach a risk-free position, where our light-squared bishop will put pressure on Black's queenside. The other is to sacrifice a pawn via b2-b3 and to obtain long-term compensation. GM Mihail Marin explained very well some of the arising pawn structures in his database for Catalan Opening. I am trying to present different examples and different structures. The most important structure is The Open Centre. Open Centre is the structure where both "c" and "d" pawns are exchanged. The positions are symmetrical so the piece activity becomes really important. The rule here is that If Black failed to neutralize or exchange the light-squared bishops then White is always better."

    The PGN version of the lecture consists of 10 model games and 4 test positions.

    Below, you can take a look at one of the model games.

    Typical Attacking and Tactical Ideas - GM Mihail Marin

    GM Mihail Marin is known to be a big expert in the Catalan. You can find his Catalan trilogy for Modern Chess HERE

    In this lecture, Marin deals with the attacking and tactical ideas in the Catalan.

    For the purposes of his conceptual explanation, Marin takes as an example one of the main theoretical positions which arises after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2


    Here is how Mihail introduces his topic:

    "The main philosophy behind the Catalan opening is based on White's control over the long light diagonal. If Black maintains the tension in the centre, the g2-bishop will keep d5 under latent pressure, inhibiting the freeing ...c7-c5 and exert (direct or indirect) control over e4, making e2-e4 a promising plan in White's fight for space and initiative. In the systems based on ...dxc4, the bishop's range increases, causing Black certain difficulties with completing his queenside development and sustaining a central break with d4-d5. If White was interested only in the long light diagonal, Black's defence would not be that hard to organise. However, it frequently happens that White chooses the kingside as a target. Abstractly, this is possible when Black employs excessive means in his direct fight against the g2-bishop, weakening the defence of the king's residence. Most typically, Black's vulnerable squares are g7 and h6 and White can use his other bishop and the king's knight to put them under pressure or even sacrifice them on those squares. Sometimes, the light-squared bishop can make a sudden switch, too, by going to e4 or d5 to target h7 or f7, respectively."

    The article consists of 10 model games. Below, you will find one of them.

    Modern Theoretical Trends - GM Boris Avrukh

    In his lecture, GM Avrukh examines the latest theoretical developments in the Catalan. During his survey, besides following the recent practice, he suggests a number of possible novelties and improvements as well. Boris makes a theoretical overview for both White and Black. After studying this lecture, you will get better insights on which lines are playable and which are not. 

    Master the Catalan Endgames - GM Grigor Grigorov

    When you study an opening, you should know how to play the arising endgame positions. This is what the current lecture of GM Grigorov is all about. He introduces the topic in the following way:


    "The understanding of the Catalan endgames can improve your general chess understanding. There are two reasons which make this type of endgame so fundamental.

    1) the "Catalan" g2-bishop

    2) the pawn structure The g2-bishop is the most important asset for every Catalan player. Due to the pressure on the long diagonal, very often Black struggles to complete the development of his queenside. After learning how to play with such a bishop, you will feel more comfortable in all the openings which evolve a fianchetto. The other element which makes the Catalan a strategic cornerstone is the pawn structure. This symmetrical pawn structure, with "c" and "d" file open, arises out of many openings, especially after 1.d4. For example, we have this structure in Queen's Gambit Declined, Queen's Gambit Accepted, Nimzo-Indian Defence, Queen's Indian Defence, Gruenfeld Defence, Reti Opening, and many other variations. By studying this pawn structure, you will improve your play in symmetrical positions and will get a better understanding of your entire opening repertoire."

    The article consists of 10 model games and 8 test positions.

    Below, you can take a look at one of the model games.