[January 28, 2017] Pick of the Week by GM Boris Avrukh:
July 2014 Revisited: Closed Catalan Defense with 7. Ne5  c5

After Gelfand’s reinvention of an old Catalan line during the London Classic Rapid 2013, many strong grandmasters followed suit. Among the recent contributions to the opening theory of this variation one name stands out – it almost seems as if the Israeli great passed the baton to Wang Yue, who had quite a number of notable wins in this line.

[Diagram: White to Move] This is another exercise for advanced players, which is quite understandable given the complex nature of this variation. White has probably misplayed the opening at some point, which puts him in a position where he should look for a way to equalize. What should he do?

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