If you’ve made it this far in GM Simon Williams’ examination of the French Defense, you’ve got to watch the last video in this educational series.
Simon wraps up his French lessons with the odds and ends of the opening to make your knowledge complete, including how to play against the “spicy” wing gambit.
After this video you will be able to stare down 1. e4 with full confidence. | Watch video
How did Bobby Fischer play against the French Defense as White, and what can you do to respond to his system?
GM Simon Williams continues his love letter to the French with this fun and important video lesson on the King’s Indian Attack. | Watch video
All passed pawns are not created equally.
Dejan Bojkov shows you the power of centralized passed pawns, and how to handle them as opposed to outside passed pawns.
This idea is not just important in the endgame, but also may dictate entire middlegames as well. You don’t want to miss this important lesson. | Watch video
A chess opening can get messed up so early that you can’t really evaluate what happens afterwards.
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili nonetheless presses on with this member analysis, showing how two players handle the aftermath of a “corrupted opening” very differently.
In an unbalanced position, one side plays with a clear plan, while the other flounders about aimlessly. The result is predictable but no less instructive. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams continues his primer on the French Defense with one of the trendiest variations today, the Tarrasch with Nd2.
Learn how to make this opening spicy and aggressive, whether White likes it or not.
Stick around for some of Simon’s best rhyming slang in this fun video. | Watch video
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 Rashad Babaev continues his guide on the King’s Indian with a look at the Exchange variation, where the game takes a quick turn for the endgame.
Can Black defend against White’s aggressive plans in this opening? If you know the right moves to look for, it should be easy.
Find out what moves you need to know to beat this popular opening choice. | 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
What do you do if your opponent plays the Petrosian center against your King’s Indian?
GM Rashad Babaev shows you a plan so logical and easy, you’ll be surprised you didn’t think of it yourself.
After this video lesson, you’ll be hoping your opponent advances his d-pawn early so you can transition right into this straightforward attacking idea. | Watch video
If you want one more dose of summer fireworks, look no further. IM Keaton Kiewra reviews his friend Craig Hilby’s game against the former U.S. champion, GM Alex Shabalov.
Hilby earned a well-deserved IM norm from this tournament, and this game played a big part.
The game, appropriately, was played this July 4th — and as you can guess from the title, plenty of fireworks exploded on the chessboard. | Watch video