Jab ’em with the Janowsky

Some of you might have been expecting the J post to be on the Jobava London (1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bf4) but I don’t see it as making much sense. When White blocks his c-pawn with 2.Nc3 he ‘should’ be aiming for e2-e4, but then isn’t the bishop better on g5 than f4?

Instead of this I’m giving the lesser known Janowsky Variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined, which goes 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 a6, threatening to capture on c4. White’s best move is probably 4.cxd5 which leads to tough positional games in an interesting pawn structure, other tries seem less good.

The following game features 4.c5. This does not make much sense to me as it presents Black with an easy …e6-e5 lever. Boris Grachev plays nicely here and finishes things off with a pseudo-sacrifice of his queen:

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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer living in St. Helens in the UK. He works as a chess coach and author and Nigel runs the Tiger Chess Academy which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos, courses and a regular blog. His students include his 18 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: View all posts by NigelD

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