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. | Watch video
The center of the chessboard is a busy and dangerous place, especially when two creative attacking players face off.
GM Dejan Bojkov shows you a fascinating game where the crossroads of the board became a gauntlet of dangerous tactics and ideas for one unlucky player who chose to keep his king in the middle of the mess. | Watch video
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. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams has played the French Defense all his life, and he has quite a few secrets to share.
Learn how to play a universal system 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.
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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.
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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
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. | 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