It took GM Simon Williams 25 years to master the French Defense, but it should take you a lot less time now that you know all his secrets.
Get ready for a lesson on perhaps the most popular of White’s responses to the French Defense — the classical variation with Nc3.
Learn what to do against this important variation favored by some of best players in the world, including Fischer and Tal. | Watch video
If your opponent meets your Classical French Defense with e5, you can always play Nd7 with a solid theoretical footing.
But what would be the fun in that? GM Simon Williams, as usual, recommends a shocking move to immediately blast the game out of the opening books.
Find out about this spicy idea in this bold video.
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GM Sam Shankland, fresh off nine straight draws, needed a victory in the recently completed Tata Steel tournament.
All he had to do was not get checkmated first.
After a Classical French Defense (Burn Variation), the game turned into a race that GM Shankland had to win.
Find out how GM Shankland navigated this furious attacking game in his instructive video lesson. | Watch video
Determined not to lose a worse position, GM Khachiyan shows his resolve by using the full complement of his arsenal. First he uses some fork tactics, then he activates his limited army, then he uses some stalemate trickery. The job is still not done, as he then has to employ some theoretical defensive knowledge of rook versus rook and knight. It's a lot for a half-point, but it got him going and he ended with a good tournament result. | Watch video
Fear the Python! FM Liu concludes his "featured author" installment for this month with a second, even more frightening example of Positional Strangulation! In this well known battle, one of the first true positional geniuses (former World Champion Wilhelm Steinetz) performs unwilling surgery on his opponent, exposing one positional weakness after another to eventually leave his opponent breathless... | Watch video
Pencils down! Seriously, you are about to take a quiz. Subject? The principles, attacking patterns, and tactical motifs within the confines of pawn "chains". IM David Pruess has been arming you with knowledge in his first two videos,and now it is time to see whether or not you paid any attention. In the climax of his 3-Part contribution to the Pawn Structure 101 series, David wants you to be ready to think about each and every position and the decisions you might make in a real game. Good luck! | Watch video
We're back! IM David Pruess "pinch-hits" for Daniel Rensch's "Pawn Structure 101" series this weekend -- and man does he "hit one out of the park"! There are a couple more videos to come, but today David kick starts our new "structure-discussion" by highlighting the attacking principles available to white in the "Chain and Wedge Formations". Whether you prefer sacrificing on h7, breaking through with f5, or slowly grinding the open files -- David is here to take you there! | Watch video