[October 21, 2017] Updated Opening Line from GM Dragan Paunović:
English Opening, Neo-Catalan Declined & The Romanishin Variation

[Line 040 : 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 without 3. Nc3, 3. d4]

Line 040 covers the Neo-Catalan lines in the English Opening, starting with 3. g3. The Romanishin Variation 3… a6!? is an interesting way to react, and is our recommendation for club level players. The main line goes 3… d5 4. Bg2 and deals with various Black’s responses, excluding 4… dxc4, which is covered in Line 041. This line is very fashionable among top level players, mostly thanks to Kramnik’s new ideas for White.

Among many highly instructive games we particularly recommend L. Aronian – R. Ponomariov, Tsaghkadzor 2015, A. Giri – V. Anand, Stavanger 2015 and V. Kramnik – D. Fridman, Dortmund 2013.

[Diagram: White to Move] Important question in the diagrammed position is what happens after White’s deliberate self-pinning with Ne5-d7. What’s your opinion?

Click here to see the line in our viewer…

Comments are closed