chess24 Aug 16, 2019 | 3:00 PMby chess24 staff

Jan's Opening Clinic 24: Part 3

This week our chess openings guru Jan Gustafsson explains why not to play the Traxler Gambit, answers a couple of questions on the King's Indian Defence and tackles the easy topic of how to meet White's 6.Bg5 in the Najdorf! He also gives some important updates to his own video series. He explains how he would now approach some lines of the Vienna differently and points out that if you're following the repertoire he gave in his Fighting the Italian series you need to be ready for a sneaky try popularised by Dutch Grandmasters Jorden van Foreest and Anish Giri.    

You can find all the questions Jan was asked under this article. You can find the earlier answers here: Part 1, Part 2. And here's Part 3:

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

  1. FBardamu: KID Sämisch - how to play against 6.Be3 e5 7.Nge2 Nc6? (00:00:36)
  2. Snooks: Traxler Gambit any good? (00:07:15
  3. brotherpower2002: Vienna pawn sac 6.Bxc4, go 7...Nf6 or 7...Nxc3? (00:12:15
  4. nonadjustedalpha: Symmetrical Grünfeld - how to spice it up? (00:17:50
  5. IljaJoker(IM ): KID main line 9.Bg5, any good? (00:23:20
  6. spip: Are there any new developments in the repertoire you recommended in your chess24 video series "Fighting the Italian"? (00:27:45
  7. MrMMWW: Taimanov 7.f3 - is 7...Nf6 8.0-0-0 h5 an idea? (00:35:24
  8. MarchogGwyn: Why is the Semi-Slav out of fashion? (00:42:05
  9. Happy Elephant: What to do against the Najdorf with 6.Bg5? (00:48:15
  10. mineriva: Sicilian 2...d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.d4 - what to do? (00:54:20
  11. baljej: Slav 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8.0-0 0-0 9.Qe2 Nbd7 10.e4 Bg6 11.Bd3 - why do people play 11...Bh5 and not e.g. 11...a5? (00:57:42)

The plan is to release Part 4 of Jan's Opening Clinic 24 in a week's time on our Shows page.

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