chess24 Apr 8, 2020 | 1:20 PMby chess24 staff

Jan's Opening Clinic 26: Ask your question!

With almost all competitive over-the-board chess cancelled for what seems like months to come, it's a perfect time to work on your chess openings! German Grandmaster, Magnus Carlsen second and all-round openings guru Jan Gustafsson is back with another season of his Opening Clinic, in which he aims to answer all the chess opening questions of chess24 Premium members. Simply leave your question under this article. 


If you've got the time now to work on a complete opening repertoire you may want to check out Jan's Lifetime Repertoires: Jan Gustafsson’s 1.e4 e5 with our friends at Chessable, or for a solid and healthy complete repertoire here on chess24 you might also enjoy Jon Ludvig Hammer's Play 1.e4: A Complete White Repertoire and his new Hammer's Openings for Black.

Jan's Opening Clinic is your chance to ask an expert about any chess opening topic that bothers you, whether it's a specific line of your favourite opening or you need some general advice on how to approach one of the toughest parts of chess.

The format is simple:

  • Go Premium, if you’re not already - the voucher code STAYATHOME will give you 40% off!
  • Leave a question for Jan in the comments section under this article – one per person, please, so Jan will be able to answer them all
  • Catch Jan’s weekly updates on our Shows page, where he’ll answer a batch of around 10 questions each week. The first show is provisionally planned for release this Friday 8th April

If you're new to the Opening Clinic and unsure of the format, or simply missed the last video, check out this final update on the previous clinic: 


Jan's Opening Clinic 25, Part 6: Season finale! 

You can find all the questions Jan was asked back then under this article, and his earlier answers are here: Part 1, Parts 2-3, Part 4, Part 5. In the 1 hour 19 minute season finale Jan answered more user questions, including what to do against Bent Larsen's 1.b3 - perhaps a topical question for anyone who's enjoyed playing through the 1970 Match of the Century games with computer analysis, including the stunning Larsen-Spassky.

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. Germaniculus: What to do against 1.b3? (00:01:00
  2. MrNormalName: What should White play after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Bg2 Bg7 8.Nf3 0-0 9.0-0 a6 10.a4 Nbd7 11.Bf4 Qe7 ? (00:06:24
  3. saintolaf: Sicilian 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 a6 - ok at below 2100 level? (00:10:14
  4. Samurai29: Slav 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nh4 Bg6 - what to do? (00:16:35
  5. Mimus-Aptenodytes: English 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.e3 Nf6 5.d4 cxd4 6.exd4 d5 - what is the status? (00:23:00
  6. sloyo: French 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Bd3 - what to do? (00:30:50
  7. smashinglad: Scandinavian with Qd8 - yay or nay? (00:35:21
  8. Mr.Bad(IM): 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Ndb5 Bc5 - Mr. Good or Mr. Bad? (00:41:40
  9. ANGRY_WHITE_MAN: Insights on the Frankenstein Dracula Variation for White and maybe for 1 e4 e5 2 Nc3 Nf6 3 Bc4 Nc6 4 d3 Bc5 6 f4 d6 7 Nf3 a6? (00:47:40
  10. chessobert: Dragon 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6, what to do against 9.g4? (00:54:38
  11. oscarshales: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nxc6 - what to do? (00:59:20)
  12. DevotedsubjectofJanistan: What is the state of things in the Marshall Gambit? 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. e4 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Qxd4 7. Bxb4 Qxe4+ ? (01:03:24
  13. CAPAJunior: Any idea against the Ragozin? (01:10:48)


Ask Jan your question for the new clinic below, but hurry - the comments section will be closed once Jan has enough questions for the new season!


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