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anaxagoras 55 ( +1 | -1 )
Catalan without Black's Nf6, need advice Ok, so I stumbled into the following line:

1. d4 d5
2. c4 e6
3. g3 dxc4
4. Bg2 c5
5. Nf3 Nc6
6. Qa4 cxd4

Now, normally Black has played Nf6 in here somewhere. When you're a patzer like me you just assume everything will work out the same as the line your used to... But I don't see any way for White to regain his pawn or to gain any compensation for sacrificing it. e.g....

7. Nxd4 Qxd4
8. Bxc6+ Bd7
9. Bxd7+ Qxd7
10. Qxd7+ Kxd7

I'm tempted to conclude that it is just incorrect for White to attempt this sort of line unless Black has used a tempi first with Nf6, but I need advice. Thanx.
soikins 43 ( +1 | -1 )
9th move better is 9. Be3 but after 9. ... Bxc6 Qxc6 10. bxc6 11. Bxd4 Bb4+ there is no advantage for white. (as in Jauregui Andrade - Eliskases, Mar del Plata, 1953).

I guess the only way white can fight for advantage here is 4. Qa4+ trying to regain the pawn at once 4. ... Qd7 5. Qxc4 Qc6 6. Qxc6 Nxc6 7. Nf3 with a slight (a very slight) plus for white.

I don't think 3. g3 in this position is the best option for white. Playing 3. Nf3 is a better way to fight for advantage.
anaxagoras 10 ( +1 | -1 )
Right. Thanx for the advice. I think I will just avoid this line in the future.