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The primary idea in the Catalan (specifically the open Catalan), is to use the time that black has wasted capturing a pawn to develop quicker and squeeze a small advantage out of the middle game through more active, and optimally placed pieces. The pawn is difficult for black to hold onto if white chooses to pursue material equality, but that style of play ...


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Im not a Catalan player myself, but in general, after giving up a pawn, it is not always the right question to ask whether you can recover it. The Queens Gambit is ofter referred to as a pseudo-gambit because recovery of the pawn is often very simple. In those cases (say the Muzio Gambit) where recovery of the material is by no means assured, the right ...


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