Mastery: Openings

The Complete English Defense

The Complete English Defense

Join GM Simon Williams on a tour of one of his favorite openings, the English Defense. The English Defense can lead to sharp play right from the opening and Black can fight for the initiative from move one! Learn the secrets that have served GM Williams and the even the great Tony Miles in many games, even against World Champions.

  • The Complete English Defense: 5.f3 f5!

    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.

    • 23 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Complete English Defense: 5.Bd3 f5!

    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.

    • 19 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Complete English Defense: 4.Bd3

    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.

    • 23 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Complete English Defense: Early Qh4

    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.

    • 18 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Complete English Defense: Other Setups

    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.

    • 25 min
    • 5 challenges
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