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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Have you ever seen a chess move so incomprehensible that the only reasonable explanation is the game was played blindfold?
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili can’t believe his eyes in this latest member-game review.
Chuckle along with the grandmaster as he teaches you to think logically in chess, which is exactly the opposite of what the players in this game did. | Watch video
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
GM Alex Yermolinsky is back with the final word on opposite-color bishop endgames with pawns on the board.
Learn the crucial differences between various important positions, and note how even the most subtle changes can totally change the outcome of the ending.
These endgames are so variable that they defy mathematical rules, and some of the positions in this video will make you wish the board had an “i-file” for your king to use. | 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
What you don’t know about playing against pawn majorities in chess can hurt you, as GM Melikset Khachiyan explains in his latest pawn lesson.
Learn how to take on a larger pawn chain and emerge victorious, bucking the mathematics with accurate play. | 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
How do some of the top players in the world respond to the aggressive Sicilian Defense?
GM Maxim Dlugy shows you one of the main weapons in White’s openings arsenal: the Bb5 Sicilian.
This solid opening is perfect for players who want to avoid the sharpest lines of the world’s most-studied opening.
Learn from one of the best blitz chess players ever how to incorporate this system into your own speed games. | Watch video