Originally posted by MacpoHmm. Do you have "Winning with the Catalan" by Angus Dunnington? If so, is it any good?
One of Catalan's problems is that you don't really know where it begins or where it stops, for there are many transpositions. But still, the starting position is this one:
for white c4/d4/g3/Bg2; for black Nf6/e6/d5.
Black to play.
If we agree on this, I am afraid this one is not a Catalan, but an old-indian defense. games with f8 bishop in fanciett ...[text shortened]... lan patterns.
By the way, I am delighted you play Catalan dear tomtom, for I myself do so.
Originally posted by MacpoI would be delighted to read your analysis. I am of the opinion that we can all learn from everybody around us. Plus, you must be more experience in it then I am since I have not played a real one yet.
No sorry I didn't read any book on the Catalan... and I am afraid I am not good enough to do something precise on it!
I made some analyse of one of my games, which is not so to speak a Catalan, but very close to; if you're interested in this, I may post it. It's a bit long, a bit messy, but I can fix this if you want... That's all I can offer
EDIT: But ...[text shortened]... black against d4-c4 I sometimes meet g3, so it would be interesting on both sides for me...
Originally posted by GarnothSo 8.dxe5 was no good? I wanted to make his dark bishop seem silly by fixing his pawn on e5... But I guess that e5 pawn gave him other advantages.... And my knight just became a target so I guess posting it there wasn't best either.
This is a king's indian, the fianchetto system for white. A catalan has a black pawn on d5 (an/or c4 later)
This system against the king's indian is a bit timid, you want black to take on d4 after which your bishop is just as imposing as black's.
Originally posted by DawgHausYes, my plan was to move my pawns up with the aid of my king and queen and then trade off the queens. I was envisioning something like this
I agree, it's more of a Fianchetto King's Indian than a Catalan. dxe5 can be good sometimes but better to wait if you can.
Not sure about the ending. Chances look about even. With Q's exchanged the bishop is better, unless the pawns are very far advanced OR if the bishop has to handle two passed pawns separated by many files.
Comp vs. comp over many games would help estimate who (if any) is better.