chess24 Jul 19, 2018 | 3:18 PMby chess24 staff

Jan's Opening Clinic 20: Part 5

Though we all tune into Jan's Opening Clinic for the words of chess opening wisdom of Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson, in part 5 of the 20th edition the hero is a chess24 Premium user who may have discovered something that even the very best players of the Taimanov Sicilian should be aware of. As Jan comments, "what 'LogicalNonsense' has done here, casually phrased as a question, is refute the absolute main line...".     

You can find Jan's earlier answers in Jan's Opening Clinic 20 here: Part 1Part 2Part 3 and Part 4, with the questions all posed under this article. And here's the latest instalment:

Apart from a refutation of the Taimanov, question are posed on topics that range from the super-solid 5.Re1 Berlin to somewhat less solid options such as the Bird (1.f4) and 1.d4 Nf6 2.g4!?, the "Gibbins Weidenhagen Gambit". No prizes are on offer for guessing Jan's answer to the question, "Is this line just bad for White?" 

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. NickSazed: Anti-Marshall with 8.a4 b4 9.a5 d6 10.d3 Be6 11.Bxe6 - what should Black do? (00:00:38)
  2. Speedster: Is 1.d4 Nf6 2.g4 enough compensation for the pawn? (00:07:27
  3. LogicalNonsense: Taimanov Sicilian, 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qf3. LogicalNonsense shows us why the main line is bad (!) and asks for an alternative (00:10:21
  4. MrNormalName: Semi-Slav 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Be2 0-0 8.0-0 dxc4 9.Bxc4 b5 10.Be2 Bb7 11.e4 e5 12.dxe5 Nxe5 13.Nd4 - are there general principles inherent in the position? (00:16:55
  5. Niclas(GM): Berlin 5.Re1. Question 1: Why don't they play 7...Nf5? Question 2: Why doesn't Aronian like 10...Re8 instead of Nf5 in the main line? (00:28:00
  6. IljaJoker(FM): 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 a6 - what to do if we don't want to go for 4.cxd5? (00:36:50)
  7. ViciousSeal: What should a Grünfeld player do against 1.Nf3? (00:40:33
  8. Mediv: 1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 Bg4 4.d4 e6 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.0-0 Bd6 8.Qe1 - plan for Black? What to do against 1.f4? (00:49:16
  9. Slyph: French 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 Ng6 8.h4 h5 9.Qg3 c4 10.Ne2 Nc6 11.Nf4 Nce7 12.Nxg6 fxg6 13.a4! - is Black in trouble? (00:57:07)

The 6th part of Jan's answers will be published at 17:00 CEST on Thursday, 26 July.

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