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When the Amateur Wins

When the Amateur Wins

Find out how an amateur can shock a Grandmaster!

Have you ever wondered if you could beat a grandmaster? Do you want to know how can an amateur player can shock a Grandmaster? Join GM Simon Williams as he demonstrates how perseverance and opportunistic play pays off for amateurs against strong GMs. If you want to beat Grandmasters someday, this is a must-watch! 

Here is what you will learn:

  • How did an amateur turn around a tough position against Alireza Firouzja?
  • How can you defeat Simon Williams himself?
  • How did an unusual opening lead to a winning position against World Champion Anatoly Karpov?
  • When The Amateur Wins - The Fed vs Eric Rosen

    Now IM Eric Rosen is a well known chess streamer, but he was once an amateur player like we all were. See how his sharp play pays off in his first ever win against a Grandmaster.

    • 17 min
    • 5 challenges
  • When The Amateur Wins: Ginger GM Loses!

    Even the Ginger GM sometimes loses to lower rated players. Try to find the moves of a brilliancy prize winning upset by FM Jonah Willow.

    • 17 min
    • 5 challenges
  • When The Amateur Wins: Beating The Future World Champion?

    The chess prodigy Alireza Firouzja could be the future world chess champion, according to GM Simon Williams. But even a player of his talent is not immune to losing a game to a much-lower rated player. Find out how a WFM beat Firouzja in this lesson.

    • 17 min
    • 5 challenges
  • When The Amateur Wins: Drawing With Karpov

    Sometimes your chess opponent is so legendary that you can consider an unlikely draw as a win. Such is the case with Anatoly Karpov, one of the best ever, and this game where a much-lower-rated player managed to draw the great champion.

    • 17 min
    • 5 challenges
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