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The Powerful Catalan

A Complete Repertoire for White
by Victor Bologan

The Powerful Catalan
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Publisher: New In Chess, 2012
Edition: Paperback medium
ISBN: 978-90-5691-401-1
Pages: 256
Language: English

The Catalan is a solid yet flexible chess opening system that is popular on all levels. Both amateurs and top-level strategists such as Vladimir Kramnik and Vishy Anand employ this opening to put a lot of unpleasant pressure on Black.

In The Powerful Catalan grandmaster Victor Bologan presents a complete repertoire for White that covers all of Black’s responses. Also included are those variations where Black tries to steer the game into other openings like the Queen’s Indian or the Tarrasch Defence.

The book is classically structured (starting with the rarest variations before moving on to the most popular ones) and contains original analysis of many recent tournament games. Bologan’s clearly formulated verbal explanations are essential for a good understanding of the strategic plans and the tactical themes of the Catalan.

Victor Bologan is a world-class grandmaster. He has won many tournaments, including the Aeroflot Open in Moscow and the Dortmund super-tournament. He has written critically acclaimed opening books like The Chebanenko Slav and The Rossolimo Sicilian.

Marshtower Chess Reviews:
"Bologan writes very instructively and the material is presented in a very tidy manner, making it admirably accessible. He keeps things very clear and doesn't bog the reader down in complex variations. The explanations are good and the conclusions at the end of each chapter are particularly welcome."

Richard Vedder, Schakers.info:
"An excellent book to begin with when you want to start playing the Catalan."

IM John Donaldson, ChessToday:
"Bologans explanation of what White is trying to accomplish will be just as valuable to the layman as the concrete lines he offers. (..) An excellent and up-to-date work (..) Bologan, with his clear explanation of the aims of both players, has written something that will continue to be useful even after some of his analytical suggestions are inevitably refuted."

GM Glenn Flear, Yearbook 105:
"The author has again demonstrated his ability to advance theory, whilst still explaining what is going on in a manner that everyone can understand (..) The easiest Catalan book to find your way around (..) Even the most complex and theoretical lines are granted textual explanation.""

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