GM Simon Williams begins a comprehensive new series on the French Defense, one of the most solid and versatile responses to 1. e4.
GM Williams kicks off the lesson series with a very important line, the Advance variation, and teaches you all the reasonable moves.
Watch how the always-dangerous Alexei Shirov played the Advance French to dismantle his grandmaster opponent. | Watch video
The Sicilian is great, but what if you or your opponent choose to avoid the open Sicilian?
You’ve ventured into anti-Sicilian territory.
Join GM Simon Williams in his characteristically “spicy” introduction to the various anti-Sicilian systems, which you simply must know if you ever play 1. e4. | Watch video
GM Babaev has taught you both sides of the King’s Indian Defense and Attack, but what do you do when your opponent starts with e4?
You can still apply the same ideas as the KID by responding with the Pirc.
GM Babaev shows you exactly how to do it, including tips to turn your knight into a monster against a bad bishop. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams taught you a repertoire of spicy openings with the white pieces, but what about when you’re playing as Black?
In this new series, learn how GM Williams responds to 1.e4 with the ever-aggressive “Dragodorf.”
Learn how to attack from this promising set-up in this can’t-miss lesson. | Watch video
You’ve seen GM Simon Williams’ crazy gambits against the Sicilian, the Caro-Kann, and the King’s Pawn defenses, but what is there to do against the French, perhaps Black’s most solid response to e4?
Don’t worry — there’s a spicy gambit available against the French, too, and it will infuriate any opponent who wants to stick to the main lines.
Learn how to achieve an almost-unbreakable attacking setup early in the game with this powerful idea. | Watch video