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Power Play 24: A repertoire for black against the Catalan

Languages: German, English
ISBN: 978-3-86681-538-4
Delivery: Download, Post
Level: Advanced Tournament player Professional
€29.90
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The Catalan is a reliable opening for White, but there are ways for Black to shake White out of his complacency while still maintaining a sound and solid position himself. On this DVD Grandmaster Daniel King offers you a repertoire for Black against the Catalan, based around maintaining the rock of a pawn on d5. Keeping central control ultimately gives Black good chances to launch an attack against the enemy king. The repertoire is demonstrated in 10 stem games with the system 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 g3 Bb4+. The check proves somewhat awkward for the smooth flow of White’s development. All three of White’s responses (5 Bd2, 5 Nbd2, 5 Nc3) are examined. 4...Bb4+ has been played by Magnus Carlsen of late and has been regularly and successfully employed most notably by Anand and Spassky. A system against the Reti/English 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 e6 3 g3 is also provided. One of the great advantages of playing this system for Black is that theory is relatively simple: this opening depends on your understanding of ideas, not tricky variations with counter-intuitive computer moves. Complete games are discussed so that one gains an idea about typical strategies for both sides. More than that, these model games provide inspiration to play the opening. This is an interactive DVD. At key moments in the games Grandmaster King pauses and puts you on the spot. You will have to find and play the best move. He then gives feedback in further video clips according to the move you chose.

• Video running time: 5 hours 36 min. (English)
• A complete repertoire for Black against the Catalan. Up-to-date theory
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Exclusive database with 50 Model games with typical middlegame strategy
• Suitable for club players
• Including CB 12 – Reader

System requirements

Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), DirectX9 graphic card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 12/Fritz 13 or included Reader and internet connection for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel Core i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, DirectX10 graphic card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or better, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet connection for program activation.

Sample video

Contents

  1. 01: Introduction [08:49]
  2. 02: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Bd6 6.Bg2 0-0 7.0-0 c6 8.Qc2 Ne4 9.b3 Nd7 10.Nc3 Nxd2 11.Nxd2 f5 Kalavannan,K - Hammer,J Model Games [39:59]
  3. 03: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Bd6 6.Bg2 0-0 7.0-0 c6 8.Qb3 Ne4 9.Nc3 f5 Zhao,Y - Ding,LModel Games [24:52]
  4. 04: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 0-0 7.0-0 c6 8.Qc2 Nbd7 9.Bf4 a5 10.Rd1 Sadilek,P - Kasimdzhanov,R Model Games [36:35]
  5. 05: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 0-0 7.0-0 c6 8.Qc2 Nbd7 9.Rd1 b6 10.Bf4 Bb7 11.Nbd2 Flesch,J - Spassky,BModel Games [26:47]
  6. 06: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 0-0 7.0-0 c6 8.Qc2 Nbd7 9.Rd1 b6 10.b3 a5 11.Bc3 Bb7 12.Nbd2 Qc7 Bluebaum,M - Babula,V Model Games [39:09]
  7. 07: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Nbd2 0-0 6.Bg2 b6 7.0-0 Bb7 8.Ne5 Be7 9.b3 Nbd7 10.Bb2 c5 Gomez Jurado,L - Campos Moreno,J Model Games [31:58]
  8. 08: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Nbd2 0-0 6.Bg2 b6 7.0-0 Bb7 8.Ne5 Be7 9.cxd5 exd5 10.b3 a5 11.Qc2 Na6 Lautier,J - Karpov,A Model Games [25:05]
  9. 09: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Nc3 dxc4 6.Bg2 Nc6 Kanter,E - Beliavsky,A Model Games [27:27]
  10. 10: 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 dxc4 5.Qa4+ Bd7 6.Qxc4 c5 7.Ne5 Qc8 8.Na3 Nc6 Foisor,C - Houska,J Model Games [34:04]
  11. 11: 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Nf6 4.b3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 c5 7.Bb2 Nc6 8.e3 Re8 Neverov,V - Grabowski,A Model Games [26:20]
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