[June 15, 2018] Updated Opening Line by Bojan Vučković:
Early Fianchetto & Catalan Opening

[Line 170 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 without 3. Nc3, 3. Nf3]

The two most common continuations are covered in details in other opening lines: 3. Nc3 in Lines 171-194, and 3. Nf3 in Lines 195-285.

Early Fianchetto 3. g3 often transposes to the Catalan Defense, for example after 3… d5 4. Nf3. It avoids the Queen’s Indian Defense, occurring after 3. Nf3 b6. Some players of Black opt for a type of the Bogo-Indian Defense 3. g3 Bb4+. Like in the line 3. Nf3 Bb4+, White has two equally popular replies 4. Nd2 and 4. Bd2, in both cases with a bit more pleasant position.

Some players go for 3. g3 c5 4. d5 exd5 5. cxd5, where Black can transpose to the Fianchetto Variation of Modern Benoni with 5… d6 6. Nc6 g6 7. Nf3 (Line 119), or try a playable, although risky, 5… b5.

[Diagram: White to Move] What is the best way for White to continue and launch a decisive attack on the black King.

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