Fighting the Catalan | Chess Openings Explained – NM Caleb Denby

National Master Caleb Denby talks about White’s Catalan, and how to fight it. Learn about the three main variations of the open Catalan.

Levon Aronian vs Yifan Hou, World Cup (2017): E06 Catalan, closed, 5.Nf3

Noel Studer vs Etienne Bacrot, Biel (2017): E06 Catalan, closed, 5.Nf3

Brandon Jacobson vs. Tanguy Ringoir, 2018: E06 Catalan, closed, 5.Nf3

Fabiano Caruana vs Viswanathan Anand, Norway Chess (Blitz) (2015): E06 Catalan, closed, 5.Nf3

Ding Liren vs Fabiano Caruana, World Championship Candidates (2018): E06 Catalan, closed, 5.Nf3


  1. Another great lesson! The Bayonet Caro was amazing and so was the Marshall Gambit!

  2. These openings explained videos by Caleb are super, I focus mostly on other aspects of chess so this series has been my main source of opening knowledge and has helped me go from like 1200 online to 2000 OTB. Huge thanks to Caleb for doing great work and Saintlouischessclub for making these videos accessible for everyone

  3. Great video! Very instructive and easy to follow. Thank you!

  4. As a Catalan, I feel proud right now. Thanks chess for so much

  5. In the endgame, with the pawn advantage, why can’t black win? I’m a total beginner so have no idea

  6. Hello. Thank you, this was very helpful…

  7. Great lesson! Will apply to my own games 🙂

  8. I only watch this so I can try to go for QID without fearing the Catalan

  9. its a bit fast all these whirling moves all over the board -confusing

  10. at 7:05 the move Ng5 isnt stonger? forcing c6 coz if black play Nd5 we have checkmate on h7

  11. Great work.
    Can see the preparation for this content.

  12. wasn't a fan of that opening Nc6 way better than BxR

  13. Giving up the exchange early on might be hard for me to play

  14. great lesson ur videos are great
    idk if ur going to see this but in time 34:39 before u psuhed black pawn couldnt you have played bishop B5

  15. Bd4-Bb5

  16. Complicated stuff… Thanks for the lecture! 🙏

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