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chess24 Jun 28, 2018 | 3:10 PMby chess24 staff

Jan's Opening Clinic 20: Part 2

In Episode 2 of Season 20 of Jan's Opening Clinic, Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson tackles 10 more questions on chess openings from chess24 Premium members. Openings looked at include the Sicilian, King's Indian, Grünfeld, Semi-Slav and the Benko, with the emphasis often on how to get as sharp, or as quiet, a position as you want. Jan demonstrates his usual encyclopedic knowledge while drinking out of a mug he signed himself ("it's the only way to go").     

You can find Jan's earlier answers in Jan's Opening Clinic 20: Part 1, with the questions all posed under this article. And here's the latest instalment:

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

  1. JohannWilhelmMoebius: What to do against 6.Bg5 Najdorf with Black? No Qb6 lines! (00:00:28
  2. nilsro: Closed Sicilian 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 d4 5.Nce2 d3!? (00:07:07
  3. Ctulhu: Why are sharp Semi-Slav lines like the Botvinnik and Meran out of fashion? (00:11:03)
  4. MattressChessGuy: 1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nf3 e6 as White (00:16:53
  5. Znosko-Borovsky(FM): Gruenfeld 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Bg7!?, chances for White? (00:22:59)
  6. mahatma: Interesting variation against the KID and Gruenfeld? (00:29:05
  7. Panurge: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3, what should Black do? (00:31:46
  8. ChuckPhil: What to do against 1.Nf3 as a Gruenfeld player? (00:36:00
  9. DukeCrusher: 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 c5 3.e3 Qb6 4.Nc3 Qxb2, does White have more than a draw? (00:40:56)
  10. CaptainCocaCola: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Be3, is 6...c5 7.e5!? a problem for Black? (00:45:29)

The 3rd part of Jan's answers will be published at 17:00 CEST on Thursday, 5 July.

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