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chess24 Jun 21, 2018 | 8:13 PMby chess24 staff

Jan's Opening Clinic 20: Part 1

In the first episode of Season 20 of Jan's Opening Clinic, Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson tackles 11 opening dilemmas posed by chess24 Premium users. He begins by talking about the Exchange Slav, "an opening that I have played, some might say, more than it should be played". All kinds of different positions are covered, though, and also the question of which Spanish (Ruy Lopez) setup an active player switching from the Sicilian should choose.   

Jan was delighted with the first question in the 20th edition of his clinic:

Watch the show, where Jan answers questions posed in this article:

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. Galactic: Exchange Slav for White, with or without Nf3? (00:01:01
  2. Formless: KI Fianchetto with White, 1.c4 g6 2.g3 Bg7 3.Bg2 d6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 c5 7.d4 Nc6? (00:08:03
  3. pmarielouisjuste: How to handle the Panov with White, 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 (00:12:56)
  4. Svartsmurf: KID with Black via 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 3.Nc3 Nbd7 move-order? (00:18:52)
  5. egaustad: Marshall 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.d3 (00:23:22)
  6. Noggin: Vienna 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e4 b5!? (00:29:13
  7. fravatel: Switch from 1...c5 to 1..e5? What Spanish line for active players? (00:33:40)
  8. NicolPasini: What to do against 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Nbd7 with White? (00:40:23)
  9. 1.c4 Nf6 2.c3 e6 3.e4 c5 for Black? (00:45:40)
  10. cr1m3: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Dxd7 5.c4 e5!? for Black? (00:49:40
  11. crispyambulance: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nb5 for White? (00:55:44)

The next part of Jan's answers will be published at 17:00 CEST next Thursday, 28 June.

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