This is the first of six videos from IM Robert Ris on the Catalan. In this series, IM Ris focusses on the Open Catalan and offers a repertoire for Black against all of White’s main variations.
The Open Catalan begins with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 c5 6.0-0 Nc6. (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 White opts to play 7.dxc5. At first, this looks pretty harmless for Black, however this is a trendy move at the moment and it is something Black should take the time to study in order not to get caught out over the board.
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