Jan's Opening Clinic 22: Part 1
chess24 Sep 20, 2018 | 4:25 PM 1

Jan's Opening Clinic 22: Part 1

Season 22 of Jan's Opening Clinic gets off to a wobbly start when Jan comments, "I’m in a bad mood, I haven’t slept enough, I’m not well-dressed and I’m not well-prepared for the questions... I’ll be condescending and more rude and less helpful than usual!" We needn't have feared, though, since who else can solve the world's chess opening problems while talking about, "the poster that 1.Nc3 players have hanging over their beds" and the discovery of crack cocaine in Hamburg chess circles!




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    Svidler on winning the Russian Team Championship

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  • Interviews Apr 17, 2018 | 7:13 PM 5

    Mamedyarov on the Candidates and Shamkir

    Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who finished second in the Berlin Candidates and is second on the April FIDE rating list, will be looking to win his third Gashimov Memorial title when the tournament starts in Shamkir on Thursday. It’s not...

  • Interviews Mar 9, 2018 | 9:17 PM 24

    Tukmakov on his “internet romance” coaching So

    Wesley So’s more than year-long collaboration with Vladimir Tukmakov came to end a few months ago, after Wesley’s team decided not to renew the contract. The 72-year-old Ukrainian Grandmaster, who previously coached Anish Giri fo...

  • Interviews Dec 21, 2017 | 8:43 AM 26

    Svidler on going down in Russian chess history

    ‌Peter Svidler recently won the Russian Championship for an 8th time, setting a record that’s going to be extremely tough to beat. Afterwards he gave a fascinating interview to Fontanka.ru where he discussed not only the latest c...

  • Interviews Dec 14, 2017 | 7:50 PM 7

    Nepomniachtchi on London, Carlsen & AlphaZero

    After a tough year Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi scored a triumph in the London Chess Classic, finishing tied for first and sharing the prize money with Fabiano Caruana before missing out on the trophy in the playoff. He gave an int...

  • Interviews Nov 24, 2017 | 9:48 PM 20

    Vishy Anand on the psychology of chess

    Vishy Anand recently spent 90 minutes talking to Deepak Jayaraman for the Play to Potential podcast. The 47-year-old multiple World Champion went into real depth as he talked about how top chess players have had to adapt to the a...

  • Interviews Oct 17, 2017 | 9:20 AM 17

    Levon Aronian: “We should be like wolves”

    Levon Aronian has had a fantastic year, both on and off the chessboard. The world no. 2 won the GRENKE Chess Classic, Altibox Norway Chess, the St. Louis Rapid & Blitz and finally the World Cup, before then marrying his long-...

  • Interviews Oct 6, 2017 | 11:28 PM 12

    Morozevich on Go, computers and cheating

    Alexander Morozevich was once live-rated world no. 1, but at the age of 40 the Russian grandmaster has dropped to world no. 79 and barely plays classical events. In a recent interview he talked about what he’s currently up to, ex...

  • Interviews Oct 5, 2017 | 2:22 PM 12

    Q&A with David Llada

    38-year-old Spaniard David Llada has been involved with chess for almost two decades as a journalist, organiser, author and, most recently, a photographer. He's built up a reputation as one of the world's best and will soon publish ...

  • Interviews Oct 4, 2017 | 11:33 AM 41

    Sergey Karjakin: “I’m simply a fighter”

    Sergey Karjakin was knocked out of the Tbilisi World Cup by Daniil Dubov in Round 2, but says in a new interview that “part of me was glad”, since it meant he could spend a full three weeks at home with his wife and their new son...

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