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Reports Jul 5, 2018 | 3:00 PMby chess24 staff

Jan's Opening Clinic 20: Part 3

In Season 20, Episode 3 of Jan's Opening Clinic, Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson once again sets out to cure the chess opening ailments of chess24 Premium members. There's a wide range of openings, from Petroffs and Berlins to a "shady" line exotically known as the Hennig-Shara Gambit. Jan perhaps sums up his mission when at one point he comments, "You can face the future maybe not with confidence, but with some kind of repertoire, and what more can anyone want?" Indeed!     

In fact Jan summed up his mission once more at the end:

I hope we all learned something. I certainly did. I should probably keep this a secret, but one big reason I’m doing these opening clinics is I actually learn something looking at your questions. There are a lot of thoughtful questions and I don’t have the answers to all of them. They make me think about stuff that maybe I haven’t considered... and by thinking about I mean putting it into my computer and pressing a button.

You can find Jan's earlier answers in Jan's Opening Clinic 20: Part 1 and Part 2, 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 description under the video at YouTube:

  1. Skyyan: King's Indian 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. Ne1 Nd7 10. Nd3 f5 11. Bd2 Nf6 12. f3 f4 13. Rc1 g5 14. c5 Ng6 15. Nb5 Rf7 16. Ba5 b6 17. cxd6 cxd6 18. Bb4 Bf8 19. Rc6 Ne8 20. a4 Bd7 21. Rc1 - playable? Are there guidelines for White for these types of position? (00:00:42
  2. KoustavChatterjee1: What is the best move order to reach the Semi-Slav (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 c6)? What lines does Black have to know? (00:08:00
  3. smashinglad: Is it worth learning the Schara-Hennig gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 cxd4), when White can just avoid it with 3.Nf3? (00:15:50
  4. MOMO:1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Bc5 6.c3 0-0 7.d4 Ba7 - can White get an edge? (00:21:31
  5. arjand: Why is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 Nxe4 4.Bd3 Nc6 not more popular? (00:26:02
  6. TurfanFragment: Gruenfeld 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 c6 4.Bg2 d5 5.Qa4 - ways to spice it up for Black? (00:31:02
  7. kramnikstudent: Berlin 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.dxe5 Nxb5 7.a4 - why is this not more popular? (00:35:52
  8. nonadjustedalpha: Slav 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bg4 5.Qb3 Qb6 6.Nc3 e6 7.Nh4 Bh5 8.h3 - what's the state of theory? (00:39:29
  9. bill1226: Reti 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 d4 3.b4 - is this healthy? (00:45:28
  10. moriarity: Queen's Gambit 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 e6 3.c4 a6 - what should White do? (00:54:56)

The 4th part of Jan's answers will be published at 17:00 CEST on Thursday, 12 July.

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