chess24 Feb 27, 2020 | 6:11 PMby chess24 staff

Jan's Opening Clinic 25: Parts 2-3

If you've missed Jan Gustafsson's last two Opening Clinics you're in for a treat. In his replies to chess24 Premium member questions, Jan, a regular Magnus Carlsen second, addresses such issues as why 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6!? isn't the solution to all Black's problems in the Sicilian and what pre-moving 1...Nf6 in bullet games and accidentally playing thousands of Alekhine's Defences has taught him. There's also some Marshall (or Anti-Marshall) theory from one of the world's leading experts on that opening. 

You can find all the questions Jan was asked under this article, and his earlier answers are here: Part 1. Now let's get to the latest 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. Spekkoek: Sicilian 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 - hot or not? (00:00:19
  2. Off-War1996 (GM): Catalan 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.Nc3 dxc4 7.Ne5 Nc6 - can White fight for an edge? (00:10:20
  3. FactorPloy: Is Alekhine's Defence as good as advertised? (00:17:17
  4. gaviacula: Nimzo-Indian - is 4.a3 a clever way to transpose back to 4.f3 while avoiding some lines? (00:23:25
  5. Fravatal: Scotch - what to do after 4...Bc5? (00:27:14
  6. Truskus(FM): Slav 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 a6 5.e3 - is Bf5 or b5 better? (00:34:27)
  7. EduardoZaidan: Exchange Spanish - what to do? (00:41:05
  8. TurfanFragment: Semi-Slav Wade Variation - how to spice it up? (00:47:18)

And here's Part 3:

Once again, here are the timestamps:

  1. aisthesis: Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defence - how are things? (00:00:23
  2. conteyellow: Which accelerated Dragon Maroczy setup should I go for with Black, the Gurgenidze or putting the bishop on c6? (00:07:56
  3. Svartsmurf: Closed Catalan - what to do against Aronian's Na3 idea? (00:15:19
  4. McMole: Rossolimo 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.c3 - is this new trend promising for White? (00:19:40
  5. moriarity: English 1.Nf3 g6.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 - is 4.d4 a good move? (00:28:26
  6. Fizics: Could you make a series about the Catalan for White? (00:34:57
  7. japer10: Anti-Marshall 8.a4 b4 9.d4 - what's up? (00:36:34) 

It's planned to release Part 4 of Jan's Opening Clinic 25 on Thursday 5th March at 17:00 CET and you'll be able to find it on our Shows page.

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