Opening Trends 3: The Catalan – IM David Vigorito

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Opening Trends is an exciting series where IM David Vigorito examines how tournament chess is changing, nuances in the game are coming into play and exciting trends are being set. The Catalan where White adopts a combination of the Queen’s Gambit and Reti Opening White plays d4 and c4 and fianchettoes the white bishop on g2.

A common opening sequence is 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3, The Catalan derives its name from Catalonia—a nation inside of Spain. Used by Kramnik three times in the World Chess Championship in 2006, the Catalan has recently gained a good deal of attention by high-level GMs.

The Catalan was also played four times by Anand in the World Chess Championship in 2010 in both instances the opponent was Topalov, See that game and others explained.

Content: 108 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 4 lectures. PGN Included.

Recommended for: Intermediate Players.

Users rated this series: 4.04 out of 5

Chess Fans have said: I found the lecture much more instructive when I “took notes” by basically transcribing all the moves into my own PGN. Otherwise my eyes were glazing over with variations. I had to write it all down to figure out that most of the lecture is just Black’s alternatives on move 5. The main line is only about 10 min worth. Great job, DV!

IM David Vigorito was the 2007 Massachusetts Champion, as well as the state champion of New Hampshire and Nevada. He was the Champion of the Boylston (Boston) Chess Club, with a USCF rating of 2479. David played in the 2006 U.S. Championship after finishing in a tie for 3rd place at the U.S. Open in Phoenix. He is a successful chess author – his Challenging the Nimzo-Indian was very well received by critics and players alike, and his second book, Play the Semi-Slav, was eagerly anticipated. David is an active chess coach for students at all ages and levels.


The Catalan: Part I
Run Time: 00:33:21

The Catalan: Part II
Run Time: 00:25:51

A Catalan Update – Part I
S. Shankland vs. A. Shabalov
Run Time: 00:25:11

A Catalan Update – Part II
Viswanathan Anand vs. Veselin Topalov
Run Time: 00:24:25

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108 minutes


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