chess24 Feb 6, 2020 | 11:55 PMby chess24 staff

Jan's Opening Clinic 25: Part 1

Jan Gustafsson starts his first weekly show of Season 25 of Jan's Opening Clinic by wondering if he's being trolled with questions on 1.f4!? and 1.d4 d6 2.Bf4 f5!?, since he's never been a great fan of early pawn advances in front of your king. Jan shares some tips, however, as he does on a wide range of openings from the Queen's Indian to the Semi-Slav, Kalashnikov, Giuoco Piano and Marshall. He also learns the phrase "horses for courses". 

You can find all the questions Jan was asked under this article, and here's Part 1 of his answers:

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. undisputed29: What are good pawn structures to opt for in the Bird's Opening 1.f4? (00:00:45)
  2. AfuroZamurai: What's a good line against the Queen's Indian Defence? (00:06:45)
  3. PapTer: 1.d4 d6.2.Bf4 f5 - a good idea against London System players? (00:15:31)
  4. crispyambulance: How should a Semi-Slav player react to 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 c6 3.e3/3.g3/3.b3? (00:21:45)
  5. Ptero: What is the status of the Kalashnikov - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 ? (00:29:44)
  6. Yago666: Botvinnik Variation 16.Rb1 - can Black equalise? (00:33:16)
  7. rwc94: Italian Giuoco Piano - Black sometimes loses a tempo with a6-a5. Why does White still play a4 once in a while before Black went a6? (00:39:56)
  8. notanotherrookendgame: What is the best try against the Marshall? (00:49:38)

Part 2 of Jan's Opening Clinic 25 will be released next Thursday 20th February and you'll be able to find it on our Shows page.

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