chess24 Sep 6, 2018 | 10:47 PMby chess24 staff

Jan's Opening Clinic 21: Part 5

Episode 5 of Season 21 of Jan's Opening Clinic begins with Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson providing three ways to meet the Benko Gambit, though he admits his preferred option is to prevent it entirely! Jan once again gives advice on a range of openings, including the Ruy Lopez, the Semi-Slav and the KID, while it's a particularly bad day for aficionados of French sidelines - antidotes are given to both the system with 3.Bd3 and the Wing Gambit. 

You can find Jan's previous answers in Jan's Opening Clinic 21 here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. And below is his latest video:

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. Ewok: What to do against the Benko Gambit 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 3.d5 b5? (00:00:49
  2. g-lucky: Semi-Slav 5.Bg5 - what to do against 5...Nbd7 or 5...Be7? (00:09:58
  3. KoustavChatterjee1: What to do against 1.Nf3 b6? Is 2.g3 Bb7 3.Bg2 e5 a problem? (00:17:22
  4. Danotello: Ruy Lopez - what to do against 1.e4 de5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 3.c3 Bd7 6.d4 Nge7 7-0-0 Ng6 (and 7..g6 or 6..g6)? (00:21:50
  5. seanie83: French - what to do against 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Bd3? (00:29:45
  6. Snooks: French - what to do against the Wing Gambit 1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e5 c5 4.b4? (00:37:16)
  7. divbyzero: Ruy Lopez - 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0 Bg4 6.h3 Bh5. Does Black get enough for his sacrificed pawn? (00:41:41
  8. TheBigChessTheory: KID - 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.g4. What to do? (00:46:48)

Stay tuned for the final batch of answers for Season 21, that will be published on Thursday 13th September at 17:00 CEST. 

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