Little Known Openings: Part 4

Today’s little known opening is Saveilly Tartakover’s original rendition of the Catalan Opening. Tartakover liked to play 1.d4 Nf6 2.g3, which immediately puts Black on his own resources and has many transpositional possibilities.

The traditional argument against this early 2.g3 is that Black can blunt White’s bishop on g2 with …d5 followed by …c6 and …Bf5. But here too White has some interesting resources as the following game demonstrates:

There are a handful of modern players who like 2.g3, most notably the Russian GM, Vladimir Burmakin. And his games are worth a look if you’re interested in this move.

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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Besides teaching chess, Nigel is a registered tai chi and qigong instructor and runs several weekly classes.