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
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. | Watch video
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. | Watch video
Sometimes chess is a race, and only the fastest player will survive.
GM Rashad Babaev shows you how to win the race that often emerges in the extra-sharp Mar del Plata King’s Indian.
Learn what you need to know about this cutting edge opening. Be sure to check out GM Smith’s article in the related links. | Watch video
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. | Watch video