Why Simon Loves the French Defense

Why Simon Loves the French Defense

Learn the Ginger GM's favorite opening, from the man himself!

Want to learn an opening that can last you a lifetime? GM Simon Williams has played the French Defense throughout his whole career and it has served him well, even against strong opposition. Now Simon presents an in-depth course on how to handle every line of the French. It's a great system, allowing you to play for a win against all levels of opposition.

Here is what you will learn:

  • Learn how to meet every important variation White can play!
  • Learn the key tactics and strategic motifs in the French Defense.

"Best Chess.com coach by far. Thank you GM Simon. All your advice is working perfectly for my level. It is just a matter for us amateur players to remember it during our games. Thanks a lot. Keep up the good work." - Chess.com member crosswise 

"I’ve fallen in love with the French after these videos. They explain and display the main plans for the French and my game has improved a lot!" - Chess.com member S3pp

The Advance Variation

GM Simon Williams begins a comprehensive new series on the French Defense, one of the most solid and versatile responses to 1. e4. GM Williams kicks off the lesson series with a very important line, the Advance variation, and teaches you all the reasonable moves. Watch how the always-dangerous Alexei Shirov played the Advance French to dismantle his Grandmaster opponent.
24 min
5 Sfida

The Exchange A.K.A. The Groan Variation

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.
22 min
5 Sfida

The Tarrasch

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.
26 min
5 Sfida

The Universal System

GM Simon Williams has played the French Defense all his life, and he has quite a few secrets to share. Learn how to play against the dynamic Tarrasch French in this extremely useful lesson, covering the most commonly played moves by White. Find out how GM Williams did against one of the best players in the world in this opening in a late-night barroom battle.
18 min
5 Sfida

The Rogue A-Pawn

Do you realize how fun the French Defense can be? GM Simon Williams sure does. Check out this wild lesson on the rogue a-pawn in this supposedly solid and positional opening.
20 min
5 Sfida

The Classical Variation

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.
24 min
5 Sfida

Classical Variation With 4.e5

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.
21 min
5 Sfida

King's Indian Attack

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.
14 min
5 Sfida

Odds And Ends

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.
19 min
5 Sfida

Why Simon Loves the French Defense

9 Mësime
188 Minuta
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Shperndarë June 12, 2019