Originally posted by plopzilla
Paul I know you used to play the KIA a lot why not go for Reti (which is what I play now) if you want a change but with some similar pawn structures etc.
Other than that the catalan is worth learning but is very positional and will be talkinn years to fully get into the swing of it, as an aggressive player I tend to lose patience and get bored with it and start pressing too hard for tactics, which is a a failure of mine not the catalans.
I think you are right on the money, because I do that already! I play a hybrid of KIA and Reti OTB, depending on what black does.
I have been attending chess classes with GM Lars Bo Hansen and his wife Jen (a WIM), and he thinks my results would improve if I switched to 1. d4.
(As an side, I highly recommend his book Foundations of Chess Strategy
, which can help a player figure out what kind of a player he or she is, and what types of openings might be the best fit).
If I go with Avruck, I still have the "fianchetto crutch" to lean on, while if I go the Schandorff route I will be heading into truly new territory.
I am leaning towards Schandorff, simply because I think I need to get out of my comfort zone.