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chess24 Jun 7, 2018 | 3:23 PMby chess24 staff

Jan's Opening Clinic 19: Part 4

Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson continues to suggest cures for the opening ailments chess24 Premium users brought up in Opening Clinic no. 19. In this instalment Jan suggests how to play the Catalan without too much memorisation ("I don’t like this word 'memorise', can we replace it with 'look up'?") and is even goaded into providing, "a dodgy sideline to play against 1.e4". If 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 f5! 3.exf5 d5 now appears in a supertournament we'll known the top players have been tuning in!

So far we've published Part 1Part 2 and Part 3 of the answers to Jan's Opening Clinic 19, and now it's time for Part 4:

Once again we've added clickable timestamps that let you go straight to a question that interests you - you can also find those in the YouTube description under the video:

  1. Sandstad (FM): 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 for KID players (00:00:24
  2. Snooks: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 and 3.Nc3 dxc4 (00:05:09
  3. yvesm: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.Nc3 d6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.0-0 e5 (00:11:14
  4. csaba: The Catalan for White, what to memorize? (00:16:15
  5. NiTe90 (FM): How to get winning chances against 1.d4 (00:22:03
  6. thelazybrother: Why is the Scheveningen out of fashion, 6.g4? (00:25:29
  7. otofon: Why is 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 out of fashion? (00:29:48
  8. FarAwayFromHell: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 g5 13.a4 a5 14.Nd3 b6 15.b4 axb4 16.Nxb4 Nf6 17.a5 bxa5 18.c5, any good? (00:34:40
  9. KingWang: What is a fun defence against 1.e4 (00:38:59
  10. DjedMoros: What to study after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 with Black, dxc4, e6 or a6? (00:42:27
  11. fravatel: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 c6 4.Bg2 d5 5.Qa4 Nfd7 6.cxd5 Nb6 7.Qd1 cxd5 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.e3 Bf5 10.Nh3 with Black, alternatives to this for Grünfeld players (00:46:24
  12. japer10: Ruy Lopez Marshall 8.a4 b4 9.d4, improvements over Caruana-Matlakov (00:52:40)

The next batch of answers should be out at 17:00 on Thursday 14th June. 

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