In this series, IM Ris focusses on the Open Catalan.
The Open Catalan begins with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2. (See the diagram)
The Catalan was used extensively by Vladimir Kramnik during his World Chess Championship matches.
In this exclusive iChess Club video, IM Ris takes a look at how play continues when Black plays 5…Bd7. With this move, Black is trying to ease the pressure along the long diagonal by playing …Bc6 soon. Later, Black plays 9…Rd8. Previously, IM Ris covered 9…0-0-0 here.
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