CATALAN OPENING
[Event "Catalna Opening"] [Site "TEST"] [Date "2012.05.2"] [Round "1"] [White "Kasparov President"] [Black "Kasparov President"] [Result ""] [ECO ""] [WhiteElo "2800"] [BlackElo "2800"] [Annotator "Mraovich,Robert"] [PlyCount "80"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventRounds "1"] [EventCountry "RUS"] [EventCategory "17"] [SourceDate "2012.05.2"] {Kasparov President} 1. d4 (1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 dxc4 5. Qa4 Bd7 6. Qxc4 Bc6 7. Nf3 Nbd7 8. Nc3 Nb6 9. Qb3 {9. Qd3 Bb4 10. O-O O-O 11. Rd1 h6 also playable...}) 1...Nf6 2. c4 (2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 dxc4 5. Qa4 Bd7 6. Qxc4 Bc6 7. Nf3 Bd5 8. Qd3 Be4 9. Qd1 c5 10. Nc3 Bc6 11. O-O cxd4 12. Nxd4 Bxg2 13. Kxg2 a6)2...e6 3. g3 (3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 dxc4 5. Qa4 Bd7 6. Qxc4 Bc6 7. Nf3 Bd5 8. Qc2 Nc6 9. Qa4 Bb4+ 10. Bd2 Bxd2 11. Nbxd2 O-O 12. O-O) 3...d5 4. Bg2 (4. Bg2 dxc4 5. Qa4+ Nbd7 6. Qxc4 a6 7. Qc2 c5 8. Nf3 b5 9. O-O Bb7 10. a4 b4 11. Bg5 Rc8 12. Bxf6 Nxf6 13. Nbd2 cxd4 14. Qd3 Bc5) 4...Be7 5. Nf3 (5. Nf3 O-O 6. O-O Nbd7 7. Qc2 c6 8. Nbd2 b6 9. b3 Bb7 {9. b3 a5 10. Bb2 Ba6 also playable...} 10. Bb2 Rc8 11. e4 c5 12. exd5 exd5 13. dxc5 dxc4 14. Nxc4 b5 15. Nce5 Nxe5 16. Nxe5 Bxg2 17. Kxg2 Bxc5 18. Rad1 Qa5 19. Qf5 Qa6 20. Nd3 Qc6+ 21. Qf3 Be7 22. Rfe1 Qxf3+ 23. Kxf3) 5...O-O 6. O-O (6. O-O Nbd7 7. Qc2 c6 {7. Nc3 c6 is playable } 8. Nbd2 {8. b3 is playable } b6 9. b3 Bb7 10. Bb2 Rc8 11. e4 c5 12. exd5 exd5 13. dxc5 dxc4 14. Nxc4 b5 15. Nce5 Rxc5 16. Qe2 Nxe5 17. Nxe5 Bxg2 18. Kxg2 Qd5+ 19. Kg1 Re8 20. Ng4) 6...dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. Qxc4 b5 9. Qc2 Bb7 10. Bd2 Be4 11. Qc1 Bb7 12. Bf4 Nd5 13. Nc3 Nxf4 14. Qxf4 Nd7 15. Rfd1 Bd6 16. Qe3 Nb6 17. Ne5 Bxg2 18. Kxg2 f5 19. Rac1 Qf6 20. f4 b4 21. Nb1 g5 22. Nd2 gxf4

This opening has a solid reputation. The key motif of white’s strategy is the fianchettoed bishop’s prssure along the long diagonal. Black can use the c7–c6 pawn move to strengthen the center or play to capture on c4.