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Understanding Middlegame Strategies Vol.7 - Dynamic Catalan

Many young top-players are opting for the trendy “Dynamic Catalan” where, against the triangle or semi-slav structures, White can sacrifice a pawn to gain immediate initiative. This sacrifice can lead to long term positional advantage, but often White can unleash dangerous threats upon the black king with a central pawn break.

Many games will become attacking adventures for White, with various opportunities to sacrifice material and create stunning threats. The “Dynamic Catalan” can be your choice of opening - if you are willing to take the game into your own hands from the very beginning; and with this video course, you will add a sharp weapon to your repertoire. The author GM Ivan Sokolov has been on the white side of the “Dynamic Catalan” in many top-level games, against players such as Caruana and Vallejo Pons, and “felt comfortable playing it: space, initiative, safe king.”

  • Video running time: 4 hours 48 minutes
  • With interactive training including video feedback
  • Extra: Training with ChessBase apps - Play “Dynamic Catalan” positions against Fritz on various levels

This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows and Mac
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.
  • New: many Fritztrainer now also available as stream in the ChessBase video portal!

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Extrait vidéo


  • Introduction
  • Dynamic Catalan
  • Catalan vs. Semi-Slav / Triangle pawn structure
  • Game 1: Lysyj - Lupulescu
  • Game 2: Giri - Morozevich
  • Game 3: Esipenko - Kacharava
  • Game 4: Nakamura - Lendermann
  • Game 5: Kramnik - Giri
  • Game 6: Sokolov - Vallejo
  • Game 7: Sokolov - Bok
  • Game 8: Deac - Berkes
  • Game 9: Sokolov - Caruana
  • Exercises
  • Description
  • Exercise 1: Esipenko - Kacharava
  • Exercise 2: Esipenko - Keymer
  • Exercise 3: Espienko - Kacharava
  • Exercise 4: Sokolov - Caruana
  • Exercise 5: Sokolov - Caruana
  • Exercise 6: Deac - Berkes
  • Exercise 7: Lysyj - Lupulescu
  • Exercise 8: Sokolov - Bok
  • Exercise 9: Salem - Niemann
  • Exercise 10: Nakamura - Lendermann
  • Exercise 11: Salem - Gusain
  • Exercise 12: Gelfand - Steinberg
  • Exercise 13: Giri - Morozevich
  • Exercise 14: Nakamura - Lendermann
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