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Catalan, Open, Classical line (E05)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 g3 d5 4 Bg2 dxc4 5 Nf3 Be7

Number of games in database: 252
Years covered: 1939 to 2022
Overall record:
   White wins 46.8%
   Black wins 15.1%
   Draws 38.1%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Aleksander Wojtkiewicz  4 games
Evgeny Gleizerov  3 games
Igor Stohl  3 games
Pavel Blatny  7 games
Zoltan Ribli  3 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
D Pergericht vs M Schinis, 1989
Wojtkiewicz vs D Ippolito, 2004
Flohr vs Szabo, 1939
Sajtar vs Kotov, 1946
Gambit Tiger vs Nimzo-8, 2001
Shankland vs So, 2022
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 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 252  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Flohr vs Szabo 1-0391939KemeriE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
2. T Bergs vs I Zdanovs  1-0301940National Team CandidatesE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
3. R Keller vs B Thelen  1-0251942ChocenE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
4. Sajtar vs Hromadka  0-1301943ZlinE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
5. Shainswit vs J Levin  1-0501943Ventnor CityE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
6. Smyslov vs B Verlinsky 1-0421945Moscow Championship 1944/45E05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
7. A Polyak vs B Verlinsky  1-0531945Moscow Championship 1944/45E05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
8. Simagin vs I Aramanovich 1-0701945Moscow Championship 1944/45E05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
9. Sajtar vs Kotov 0-1621946Moscow-PragueE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
10. E Walther vs R G Wade  ½-½251949OldenburgE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
11. C H Maderna vs P Martin  1-0411950Mar del PlataE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
12. H Bouwmeester vs R Willaert  1-0581950BEL-NEDE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
13. O Troianescu vs Keres 0-1411950Przepiorka MemorialE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
14. Barcza vs J A Fred  1-0731951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
15. Bolbochan vs S T V Lukas  ½-½241952Rio de JaneiroE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
16. Filip vs M Weiner  1-0571954Czechoslovak ChampionshipE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
17. P Martin vs J Kostro  1-0481958Munich Olympiad Final-BE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
18. J Rotstein vs M Levin  1-0381959Ukrainian ChampionshipE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
19. W Pietzsch vs V Bergraser  ½-½181960Leipzig Olympiad qual-1E05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
20. M Bertok vs Polugaevsky  ½-½141966Chigorin MemorialE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
21. Z Doda vs Udovcic  ½-½141967October Revolution 50E05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
22. M Bertok vs V Kovacevic  ½-½341967Yugoslav ChampionshipE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
23. Smyslov vs Polugaevsky  ½-½181967Capablanca MemorialE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
24. Spiridonov vs D Wright  0-1841969Athens ZonalE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
25. Hort vs Tukmakov  ½-½181971MoscowE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-22-05  Gantastic: Amusing how the Opening Explorer contains over a hundred "examples" of the line:

1. c4 e6
2. Nf3 d5
3. g3 Nf6
4. Bg2 Be7
5. O-O O-O
6. d4 dxc4
7. Qc2 a6
8. Qxc4 b5
9. Qc2 Bb7
10. Bd2 Be4

11. Qc1 Bb7
12. Qc2 Be4
13. Qc1 Bb7
14. Qc2 Be4
15. Qc1 Bb7
16. Qc2 Be4
17. Qc1 Bb7
18. Qc2 Be4
19. Qc1 Bb7
20. Qc2

Caused by OE's inclusion of transpositions, but amusing nonetheless, particularly because Qc2/Be4/Qc1/Bb7 are in each case the most common move for their respective positiions.

Premium Chessgames Member
  WTHarvey: Here are 20 traps and zaps in E05 Catalan Miniatures: What's the best move?
Jul-09-08  Cactus: <WTHarvey> You've managed to advertise your site on almost every ECO site.
Jan-10-09  Cactus: Looking back, I apologise. By the way, do you make the puzzles yourself?
Nov-18-10  rapidcitychess: Can anyone give a good summary of the open Catalan? I've been playing it for a month or two, but only by ear.

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