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Understanding the Catalan Ioannis Papaioannou

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Greek GM Ioannis Papaioannou is a renowned expert of the Catalan, with many famous wins in his favourite opening.

In this video series he goes through the most common and important types of middlegames that arise from the Catalan, explaining the typical plans, ideas and themes that White players should know in order to employ this opening successfully.


To become acquainted with the typical Catalan middlegames and endgames, and to enrich one's arsenal with its typical ideas and themes.

Additional information about the video

The author describes what attracts him to the Catalan and introduces the underlying concept of most subsequent chapters, Black's difficulty in developing his queenside.


  • Introduction

    14:58 min
  • The Open Centre (dxc5/...cxd4)

    01:25:52 h
  • The c4-c5 Advance

    01:24:32 h
  • The e4-e5 Advance

    46:53 min
  • The Stonewall Setup

    36:08 min
  • The "Nd3 Setup"

    01:22:57 h
  • Gambit Play (...dxc4)

    55:26 min
  • Opposite-Coloured Bishops

    16:32 min
  • Outro

    00:54 min
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