Simon Williams: Most amazing moves
Review by Nisha Mohota
Every chess player at least once in his lifetime goes through a phase when he is upset with his performances in chess and feels that it is too tough a game and that he is losing his love for chess. Recently after a series of setbacks, I was undergoing this phase. I returned unsuccessful from my Asian Women Chess Championship and was not getting the inspiration to work on the game. Then I chanced upon a ChessBase DVD – Most Amazing Moves by Simon Williams. It is the beauty in chess which attracts me, and it is no surprise that initially I was drawn to the product by its name! Can you guess what happened after I went through the DVD? I fell in love with chess all over again!
Let me take you through my journey with Simon Williams which rekindled my passion for the game. He took me on a ride in the fascinating world of chess for five and a half hours, going from positionally unbelievable moves to the wonderful tactical motifs; from opening to middlegame and finally endgame through 39 video clips.
This DVD contains some nice little combinations which were very pleasing to my eyes.
Can you spot White’s tactical trick here?
Yes, 46.Qe6!! – and Black is defenseless!
Also, there are some really deep ones.
Black’s first move may not be very difficult to spot after you know the name of the DVD!
Can you find the deep and beautiful follow-up?
The variation in the solution which appealed to me was 30...Qxh3!! 31.Kxh3 Rh6 32.Kg4 Nf6 33.Kf5 Ng4! (Kotov actually missed this although he won) 34.Nf4 Rg8!! 35.Nh5 Rhg6! Mate follows!
In this DVD, not only does Simon Williams show us unbelievable ideas from great games, he also shows us how he recognised patterns in his mind and incorporated the ideas in his own games! Ordinary players remember moves –great players remember ideas!
The famous Ivanchuk-Shirov game where White made an unbelievable move
Here Ivanchuk came up with the unthinkable Qg7!! If a beginner would have made this move, I would have immediately told him, “look, this is a square where your queen can't go to”. But when Ivanchuk makes it, you have to start thinking out of the box! Simon Williams remembered Ivanchuk’s wonderful idea Qg7 when he landed in a difficult situation in his own game, took the risk and even managed to win that game: I think the opponent lost more out of the shock value of the move rather than the move itself! On the topic of risk taking, Simon Williams rightly says “most of the beautiful games in chess come from imperfect play!”
Williams gives several pieces of advice which I found really worth paying attention to. These are instructions which we really need to remind ourselves of every day. One of his anecdotes was: “A knight on g3 is often a very bad square, especially when your opponent has a pawn on g6.”A very important fact which all players should know.
Simon is really tricky. He put forward a devious question in one of his video clips and I fell into his trap!
Black to play
After watching the DVD for some time I started getting a feel for amazing moves, and when I saw this position, I immediately spotted Qh3 winning... but that was exactly the trap he laid for me! Here the simple Qg5 wins, whereas Qh3 runs into problems with Bh5!
I enjoyed some of the in-between stories too which Simon Williams tells about world famous players! One is about one of the greatest players that I have seen – Korchnoi! Simon tells us that one of this player’s Olympiad teammates told him: “If Korchnoi had a lost position, before he resigned, he would spend five minutes trying to think of an appropriate insult to give to his opponent”. This reminded me of an incident which took place many years ago. One of my friends was badly insulted by Korchnoi after the game and felt extremely bad. Had this DVD been released before the incident, my friend would have known about this habit and would have enjoyed it because “it is an honour to be insulted by the likes of Viktor Korchnoi!”
There are also 50 additional games in the DVD, which are excellent training material. They keep you on your toes as the five minute timer keeps running! Here’s an example which appealed most to me.
Black’s next move is simply amazing – silent but deadly! Can you spot it?
Here Black plays Rg8!! with the idea of Nh4 and g5 and White is defenseless! Such cool moves like Rg8 is what I think are the most difficult ones to find!
Nothing makes me happier than playing a beautiful game of chess. This DVD brings back memories of one of the most wonderful games that I have played.
My opponent has just played 18...Ra6, stopping my threat of Bb6.
What did I play here that forced my opponent to resign?
Learn more about this opening!
1.f3 f6 2.g3 d5 3.g2 c6 4.c4 dxc4 5.0-0 bd7 6.c2b6 7.a4 a5 8.a3 d5 9.e1 e6 10.d3 cxd3 11.xd3 fd5 12.e4!N 12.f4 xf4 13.xf4 g6 14.c3 f6 15.fd1 g7 16.d4 d717.ac1 e5 18.xe5 fxe5 19.d8+ f7 20.c7 f8 21.c4e4 22.d8 xd8 23.xd8 e5 24.h3 xh3 25.xe5+ e626.f4 exf3 27.exf3 12...b4 <span class="cbmove" style="margin:0px;padding:0px 2px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;fon