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chess24 Aug 2, 2018 | 6:34 PMby chess24 staff

Jan's Opening Clinic 20: Part 7

In the season finale of Jan's Opening Clinic 20, Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson wraps things up by answering all the remaining questions from chess24 Premium Members. First up is one on the Leningrad Dutch, an opening of which Jan isn't the world's greatest fan. He gives a mini-repertoire to counter it and also sums up Black's predicament memorably: "once the play opens up he will feel that his king is all alone without any f-pawn to keep him warm at night...".  

You can find Jan's earlier answers in Jan's Opening Clinic 20 here: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5 and Part 6, with the questions all posed under this article. And here's the final 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. Lerxt: What should White do against the Leningrad Dutch? (00:00:49
  2. Passion (GM): In the Marshall Ruy Lopez, is 8.d3 d6 9.Bd2 or 8.a4 b4 9.a5 a better try? (00:08:09)
  3. Joantspain: Why don't people play 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 c5 against the London system? (00:11:36
  4. csaba: Benko 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 g6 6.Nc3 Bxa6 7.e4 Qa5 - is this a good line? (00:16:08
  5. FBardamu: Exchange Ruy Lopez - why not 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0.0 f6 6.d4 exd5 6.Nxd4 Bd6 for Black? (00:21:47
  6. TheKnightking: Zuckertort 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.b3 c5 4.Bb2 - what to do? (00:24:43
  7. Borxting: I want to learn the Ragozin 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 in order to transpose to the Vienna after 5.Bg5. What other lines does Black need to know? (00:28:17
  8. Daffy Duck: Why do strong players like 1.b3? Is 1.b3 e5 best? (00:31:21
  9. Thuri and Secondwind: KID 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Nd3 f5 11.f3 or 11.Bd2 - is this a good line for White? (00:35:48

Keep an eye on the chess24 News page next week, when we'll be launching Jan's Opening Clinic 21, with a new chance for chess24 Premium Members to ask a question on any aspect of chess openings! 

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