An aggressive Williams Repertoire - GM Simon Williams


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This DVD concentrates on the King’s Gambit accepted with 3 Bc4. Bronstein once said about this move, ‘You want to play the King’s Gambit? Well, Black can draw after 3. Nf3. Play 3. Bc4 if you want to win !’ Of course things have developed a lot since Bronstein’s times, and this DVD aims to bring people up to speed with all the latest developments and new ideas that are playable, with both colours in this fascinating variation. I have included a lot of novelties and interesting attacking variations that should wet the lips of any attacking player, looking for an interesting way of meeting 1...e5! With the Berlin opening now leading to dull equal positions, it may well be time to start taking a look at the King’s Gambit in more detail. The opening leads to crazy interesting positions, where Black is placed under pressure from move two. The DVD covers:

King's Gambit Vol.1

1: The Old Main Line – 1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 Nc3 c6 5 d4 d5 6 exd5 cxd5 7 Bb3! In this system I recommend that White places his King’side knight on e2! This is quite a unique and new idea.
2: The New Main Line (Shaw’s variation) – 1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3 Bc4 Nc6! Here I recommend both 4 d4 Nf6! 5 Nc3 Bb4! As a solid line for White and also 4 Nf3 g5!? 5 0-0 with more aggressive play from White.
3: The Bogoljubow variation – 1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 Nc3 Nc6 with ...Bb4 to follow.
4: Sokolov’s variation – 1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3 Bc4 Ne7
5: 1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3 Bc4 d5!?
6: Black plays an early ...Qh4+ - What should White do!?
7: Less common variations

• Video running time: 5 h 42 min (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Exclusive training database with 50 selected games
• Including CB 12 – Reader

King's Gambit Vol.2

This DVD mainly deals with two things:
1) Some of the most interesting lines in the King’s Gambit starting with 3 Nf3, especially concentrating ‘on the refutation of the King’s Gambit (Fischer)’ 3...g5. I have given the reader a full repertoire, that they can play with 3 Nf3, so all lines are covered. We also briefly look at the crazy 3 Be2 3 d4 and 3 Nc3.
2) The King’s Gambit Declined – What happens if Black does not play 2...exf4?

The DVD covers:

  1. The Caveman hack attack! - 1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3 Nf3 g5! 4 d4 g4! 5 Bxf4!? - An interesting and crazy way to sacrifice a piece against Blacks main response.
  2. The more restrained approach: - 1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3 Nf3 g5! 4 d4 Bg7 5 Nc3 d6 6 g3!
  3. Black avoids playing 3...g5 – All other variations are briefly looked at.
  4. Other crazy King’s Gambit ideas – 3 Be2, 3 d4 and 3 Nc3 are looked at.
    Part 2 – The King’s Gambit Declined
  5. 2...Bc5 – Recommended in a number of books, this line is a very popular approach from Black.
  6. 2...d5 – All variations are covered.
  7. 2...Nc6 (The Miles variation)
  8. Other possibilities
  • Video running time: 5 h 33 min (English)
  • With interactive training including video feedback
  • Exclusive training database with 50 selected games

Evans Gambit for the new generation

This romantic and exciting opening is named after the Welsh Sea Captain William Davies Evans who tried it first. The Evans (which arises after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4!?) is an attempt to destroy Black in gambit fashion straight out of the opening and giants of previous years such as Adolf Andersson and Paul Morphy played lots of brilliancies with it. But the Evans Gambit has stood up to the test of time and in the modern era players such as Nigel Short, Garry Kasparov, Baadur Jobava, Hikaru Nakamura or Wei Yi have tried it with success. This DVD will prove that the gambit is still fully playable and a great way to try and blast Black away right from move one. Featuring games of old, and numerous new and exciting ideas, this DVD will give you a genuine and more exciting way of playing the Giuoco Piano.

  • Video running time: 4 hours 26 min (English)
  • With interactive training including video feedback
  • EXTRA: Exclusive training database with 50 model games

The Tactical Chigorin

Opening with the Chigorin shows your intention to play for a win right from the outset. After 2...Nc6 Black’s pieces fly into the game putting pressure on White’s position from a very early stage. This opening is ideal for the type of player who strives for an unconvential yet attacking game right from the start.

Named after the 19th century Russian Grandmaster, Mikhail Chigorin. Chigorin was one of the only top GM’s to prefer Knights over Bishops, showing the inconvential nature of the opening. The Chigorin has also been employed by a number of modern day Mavericks: Alexander Morozevich and Richard Rapport being two notible names. This DVD will take you through all the things you need to know in order to play this opening in a fun and exciting way. Simon Williams describes all the main concepts that you will need to know; so even if you forget the actual moves you will have the right reasoning already imprinted in your mind. There is lots of fun to be had with this DVD, and you will also be a stronger player after watching.

  • Video running time: 6 hours 19 min (English)
  • With interactive training including video feedback
  • Exclusive database with additional games

The Exciting Budapest Gambit

The Budapest Gambit is an exciting and fun way to play against 1 d4 and 2 c4 – replying with 1...Nf6 and 2...e5. In this video you will learn how to pose problems for White with this fascinating opening. Exploring the strength of this opening has been an exciting journey for me. When I started to get interested in this underestimated opening I knew very little but now books and articles about this exciting opening take up a lot of space in my office. Then the fun started… Analysing this material I started to see the beauty and strength of the Budapest. In fact, I was surprised, how good this opening actually is! On this DVD I share my findings with you. Join me on my journey to discover the strength of the Budapest Gambit.

  • Video running time: 6 hours (English)
  • With interactive training including video feedback
  • Database with model games
  • Extra: Further Training chapter with repertoire and play features

The Black Lion - an aggressive version of the Philidor Defense

Looking for an interesting, exciting, aggressive and flexible opening to play against 1 e4!? Then the Black Lion is just the opening for you! The Lion gets ready to roar after 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.0–0 c6 – and now Black wants to attack with an early ...g5. This opening, first brought into the limelight by Dutch amateur players Jerry van Rekom and Leo Jansen, now gets the Grandmaster treatment. Grandmaster Simon Williams suggests a simple to learn, yet deadly system of development for Black. Simon explains the main ideas of this opening in an easy and entertaining manner, using examples from such maverick players as Baadur Jobava. In what other opening do you get a chance to attack White’s castled King with an early ...g5? Let the Lion roar and the fun commence!

  • Video running time: 5 hours 27 min (English)
  • With interactive training including video feedback
  • Exclusive database with 50 model games

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