chess24 Mar 14, 2019 | 4:00 PMby chess24 staff

Jan's Opening Clinic 23: Part 3

At the start of Part 3 of Season 23 of his Opening Clinic, Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson explains his mission to give his "truthful opinion and hopefully help once in a while, or if not help at least mock". Openings covered include the English, Pirc, Nimzo-Indian, Slav and the Scotch, while chess24 user "willgivejanpawns" lives up to his name by asking Jan for various semi (or fully) dubious ways to give up pawns in the opening!  

You can find all the questions Jan was asked under this article, while here are the earlier answers: Part 1, Part 2. Now let's get to today's answers:

You can jump straight to any topic that interests you by using the clickable timestamps below - you'll also find those timestamps in the description under the video at YouTube:

  1. ViciousSeal: English 1.c4 c6 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.Nf3 Bf5 5.Qb3 Qb6 6.d3 e6 7.Be3 Qxb3 8.axb3 a6 - what to do? (00:00:52)
  2. Tr3b1l: Pirc 1. e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Nf3 c5 6. Bb5+ Bd7 7. e5 Ng4 8.e6 Bxb5 9. exf7+: can White get an edge? (00:05:36)
  3. krunx: Nimzo 1. d4 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bb4, 4. Qc2 0-0 5. Nf3 d5 6. cxd5 Qxd5 - how do I punish Black for taking with the queen? (00:12:40)
  4. maac: Chebanenko Slav 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 a6 5. c5 - 5...Bf5 or 5...Nbd7 ? (00:16:29)
  5. chessbeauty(WFM): Sicilian 1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nf3 d6 5.Bc4 Nb6 6.Bb3 c4 7.Bc2 dxe5 8.Nxe5 Qd5 9.Qe2 f6 - where can White deviate to get a playable middlegame? (00:23:18)
  6. The_OLd_Bum: What would you play in this position as White: 1.Nf3 b6 2.d4 Bb7 3.c4 e6? (00:28:06)
  7. DANVSG: What to do against the Scotch and the Scotch Gambit? (00:33:23)
  8. willgivejanpawns: Multiple nonsense lines to give up pawns with Black - thoughts? (00:38:48)
  9. How's 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Bf5? (00:44:29)

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