In Season 20, Episode 4 of Jan's Opening Clinic, one of the world's leading chess theoreticians, Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson, once again gives advice to chess24 Premium Members. Topics include the idea Magnus Carlsen used in the Berlin to beat Levon Aronian, the hyper-aggressive "Fried Liver Attack" and why the Nimzo might be a good choice if you're afraid, as many clearly are, about memorization. Jan notes, "the Nimzo's more of a common sense opening than pretty much any other major opening".
One interesting theme in this episode is opening names, with the "Fried Liver Attack" attack in the Italian apparently, and appropriately, a translation from the Italian - the "Fegatello" Attack sees White aiming to cook Black's king after sacrificing a knight (we're not sure that's quite the original sense of the word/name...).
Question 4 asks Jan to choose between the English Attack (6.Be3) and the Adams Attack (6.h3) in the Najdorf, and Jan mused that it was unfair that Mickey Adams had two lines of the Najdorf in his honour. It turns out, however, that the Adams in the Adams Attack is the US Master Weaver W. Adams, whose views on how strong 1.e4 is were summed up by the title of his book, "White to Play and Win". Jan doesn't quite share that conviction, beginning one sentence, "In my very practical worldview, if the aliens forced me to play 1.e4, I would..."
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:
The 5th part of Jan's answers will be published at 17:00 CEST on Thursday, 19 July.
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