It seems Season 20 of Jan’s Opening Clinic had barely ended, but Season 21 is already in full swing, with Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson answering the first 10 questions on chess openings from chess24 Premium Members. It’s the show of 3-letter abbreviations, with Jan helping a young Indian prodigy out with the QGA (Queen’s Gambit Accepted), while a few users ask about the KIA (King’s Indian Attack). At least no-one is talking about Killing the KID, to the relief of chess players’ wives and girlfriends everywhere! 

Chess opening abbreviations can be bewildering to outsiders, and if we’re to believe an anonymous post on Reddit (and who wouldn’t?) one nearly led to drastic consequences recently:

There were no such misunderstandings here on chess24, though, as you can see in Jan’s replies to the first batch of user questions. You can find all the questions in the comments under this article – we closed the comments a bit earlier than usual this week with the aim of making the season a little shorter than the last 7-week one!

Once again we’ve added clickable timestamps that let you go straight to a question that interests you – you can also find those timestamps in the description under the video at YouTube:

  1. fravatel: Sicilian 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Nf6 4.h3 Nc6 5.Bd3 – what should Black do? (00:00:52
  2. nihalsarin(IM): What is the most testing setup for White against the QGA? (00:07:43)
  3. nikolas.kung.5: KIA 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.0-0 Be7 5.d3 0-0 6.Nbd2 Nc6!? – what are your thoughts? (00:17:41
  4. egaustad: Italian 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d3 0-0 6.Re1 – how should Black play? (00:21:48
  5. Golfballbefreiungsarmee: French 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bc5 9.Qd2 Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Bxd4 11.Qxd4 Qb6 – can White get a big edge? (00:25:01
  6. ChuckPhil: English 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Nb6 6.e3 Nc6 7.Nge2 Be7 8. 0-0 0-0 9.f4 – how should Black react and what are his plans? (00:31:33
  7. TheRealSlimChuckNorris: KIA 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.0-0 Be7 5.d3 0-0 6.Nbd2 c5 7.e4 Nc6 8.Re1 b5 9.e5 Nd7 10.Nf1 Bb7 11.Bf4, to meet Qc7 with Ne3. What can Black do? (00:35:45
  8. PaulPetrovitj: French 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 – why is 4.Bg5 out of fashion? (00:40:06
  9. RdeBorn: London 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bf4 – what to look out for? What about 3…c5 4.e3 Nc6 5.Bd3? (00:45:10
  10. clesch: 1.c4 c6 2.e4 e5 3.Nf3 Qa5 – is this a valid line? (00:49:26)


Stay tuned for the next batch of answers, that should be published on Thursday 16th August at 17:00 CEST. 

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https://chess24.com/en/read/news/jan-s-opening-clinic-21-part-1