What exactly is the Groan variation in the French Exchange?
You can count on GM Simon Williams to tell you how this opening got its memorable name.
Can anyone spice up this drawish-looking position? The Ginger GM can.
After this lesson, you’ll be using the Groan to make your opponent do the same in defeat. | Watch video
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
Wei Yi is a fast-rising young star in chess, but he has already played an immortal chess game.
GM Simon Williams brings you one of the greatest games you might ever see in this captivating video.
Sit back and enjoy the fireworks on the board with the Ginger GM as your guide. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams wraps up the most comprehensive lesson on the English Defense ever with this look at the last remaining setups you need to know if you play this aggressive opening.
If you’ve made it this far, you now have a rare and powerful chess weapon in your arsenal. Now your opponents will regret ever trying to play 1. d4 against you. | Watch video
Don’t show this video to chess students, because GM Simon Williams recommends moving your queen out early in this spicy opening.
See how to create legitimate threats with your queen in the English Defense — an idea that even got a good position against Anatoly Karpov, one of the best players ever. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams recommends a strange and aggressive response to 1. d4 — The English Defense.
In this important lesson, GM Williams examines what he considers is White’s most important reply to this unorthodox opening.
If you’re going to give the English Defense a try, this might be the most important video for you to watch. | Watch video
No, it’s not the English Opening — it’s the English Defense!
Join GM Simon Williams for his second lesson on this aggressive response to queen's pawn openings.
Learn how to use your f-pawn to quickly unbalance the position and throw a major wrench in all of White’s plans. | Watch video
Do you want an exciting and aggressive option against 1. d4?
GM Simon Williams has a hypermodern opening for you to try: the English Defense.
Learn the basics of this offbeat defense and use it to throw off your opponent from the very beginning of the game. | Watch video
Every Sicilian player knows that one of the most annoying responses by White is the move c3. White threatens to build a powerful pawn center, so what can Black do about it?
Never worry — GM Simon Williams is here to show you an aggressive way to punish the c3 Sicilian, shifting the game back onto your terms.
Learn how to blast this opening off the board and rack up wins in the most active opening for Black. | Watch video
Have you ever faced an opponent who played the Grand Prix?
GM Simon Williams shows you how to bust open this annoying anti-Sicilian system, gaining the wild and entertaining game you want.
Learn how to play against jolly old England’s favorite anti-Sicilian in this enlightening video lesson. | Watch video