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You Won't Castle!!!!

Simon Williams | 22 November 2013 |
Posted in: Chess , GM Williams , DVD/Video , Replayable Chess Games
You Won't Castle!!!!

On the Sunday at the 4NCL, Cheddleton were paired against Barbican 2 who had convincingly beaten Blackthorne Russia on the previous day.

I was paired against Jonathan Rogers with the White pieces.

Knowing that Rogers was a dangerous opponent, I decided to avoid handing him the early initiative, and instead I gained an attack which should have led to a draw.

Instead my opponent missed a tactical point and ended up resigning on move 23.

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A New 4NCL Season and a New Team

Simon Williams | 22 November 2013 |
Posted in: Chess , GM Williams , DVD/Video , Replayable Chess Games
A New 4NCL Season and a New Team

The 4NCL kicked off quite recently. As the Jutes of Kent has folded I was lucky enough to join another great team, Cheddleton.

Cheddleton already has a number of players that are good friends of mine and we also have a very good chance of finishing very high in the league.

In my first game for the team, I had the Black pieces against Ben Savage. After a long break, I thought that it was time to go running back to my first love, the Classical Dutch :)

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Ivory Tower

Simon Williams | 18 November 2013 |
Ivory Tower

A couple of days ago I stumbled across the film ‘Ivory Tower’. This is a rather strange comedy film, where the main plot line is the Canadian Chess Championship. Anyway I enjoyed it a lot, so highly recommended.

It has also introduced me to the world of ‘Chilly Gonzales’ whos mix of rap and piano music is very unique and inspiring.

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Answer to Spot the Finish

Simon Williams | 14 November 2013 |
Posted in: Chess , GM Williams
Answer to Spot the Finish

Here is the solution to the tactic that I posted a couple of days ago.

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Spot the Finish

Simon Williams | 12 November 2013 |
Posted in: Chess , GM Williams
Spot the Finish

Spot the finish!

Work out the consequences of …Rxh3 gxh3 …Nxh3+ Kg2. How should Black continue the attack after Kg2?

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Magnus, is this all he has?

Danny Gormally | 12 November 2013 |

This post first appeared on Danny Gormally’s The Chess Coaching Website.

So we’ve played 3 games in the World Championship and it’s now time to take stock.

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Jutes of Kent - A Final 'Tour de Force'

Simon Williams | 11 November 2013 |
Posted in: Chess , GM Williams
Jutes of Kent - A Final 'Tour de Force'

The Jutes of Kent bravely took on the forces of Europe in Rhodes this year by entering the 2013 European Club Cup Championship.

It was a great event but, unfortunately, it also seems like the last event for the team.

I have written a report below, with some game highlights.

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A Clash of Kings

Danny Gormally | 06 November 2013 |
Posted in: Chess , Guest Articles
A Clash of Kings

This post first appeared on Danny Gormally’s The Chess Coaching Website.

Anand vs Carlsen starts this Saturday! This is GM Danny Gormally’s view of the match.

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What They Say

The production quality is first-rate and so this all adds up to a tremendous package. I highly recommend the DVD.

IM Andrew Martin, English Chess Federation Right Move Magazine, February 2010

Williams can be described as the world’s leading authority on the subject. Not only has Williams written about the opening, he has also played it for about twenty years. Williams’s understanding of his topic shines through whenever he is on the screen. The presentation is fluid, as he unhesitatingly talks about the opening and its many nuances and variations. It is as though he is giving the viewer a one-on-one lesson on the opening.

Carsten Hansen, Chess Cafe

Grandmaster Jones is undoubtedly one of the World’s leading experts on the Grand Prix Attack against the Sicilian Defence. On this DVD, He '...reveals the secrets behind his success' through 26 video lectures.

Sean Marsh, Marsh Towers

The technical merits of the DVDs are also considerable. Comparing them with the Chessbase DVDs, there is no doubt that GingerGM have raised the bar in terms of professionalism and production standards.

Steve Giddins, British Chess Magazine

Recent Comments

[quote]After 11.e4 e5 12. de5 de5 13. Qd5+ Kh8 14. Ne5 Ne5 15. Qe5 Bf6 it looks to me as if White’s Queen is unable to prevent 16 . . . Bc3 regaining the pawn and forking the rooks. What am I missing?[/quote] 11...e5 12.dxe5 dxe5 13.Qd5+ Kh8 14.exf5 (instead of 14. Ne5) Bxf5 15.Nxe5 Nxe5 16.Rxe5 Qxd5 17.cxd5 Rae8 (now the WR is attacking both black Bs) 18.Be3 Bd6 19.Rxe8 Rxe8 20.Bf1 Be5 21.Rc1 Rd8 22.c4 I am not satisfied with the positions Black gets after 7....Ne4 (instead of 7...a5) either, because of See the last post in this thread: http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1369191585/1 " ....I have always had a soft spot for this line, but I can't seem to find equality: After 1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.O-O O-O 6.c4 d6 7.Nc3 we have: 7...Ne4!? (This was always my go to) 8.Nxe4! fxe4 9.Nd2 d5 10.f3! Nc6 (I don't have a lot of faith in 10...exf3 11.Nxf3 Nc6 - perhaps Houdini's suggestion of 12.Qd3 Bf6 13.Be3 is good enough for a clear edge) 11.fxe4 Rxf1+ 12.Kxf1!N (I think Nikos mentioned this idea a while ago - Williams' 12.Nxf1 dxc4 13.Be3 Bd7! 14.e4 Be8! seems quite good to me) 12...dxc4 (I see nothing else worth looking at ) 13.Nf3! and White looks clearly better to me. Perhaps 13...b5 is best for Black here, but I can't convince myself it's equal, or even fun in practice...." 13 Feb 14 09:23 pm

In the ebook page 382 (Mah-Williams 1999), Williams gives a question mark to his own move 13...Ng4 because of 14 Nf4. It appears that the threat to Black Q is strong. However, after 14.Nf4.Bxg2! 15.Nxh5 (who could resist taking the BQ?) Bxf3 16.Qd3 Ngxe5 17.Qc3 Bxh5 {3 pieces + P for Q!} and Black wins. Psychologically, White's temptation to take the BQ and in so doing, get a totally lost position, makes this appealing for Black. 14.Nf4.Bxg2! seems to give Black a small advantage after 15.Kxg2. One detail is that 13...Ng4 14.Nf4 Bxg2! does not allow a quick Rh1 by White, chasing away the Black Queen, while 13...Bxg2 14.Kxg2 dxe5 does allow 15.Rh1. >>> Tell Simon that the move he played in the game may have been OK, and in fact may lead to a brilliant win for Black, depending on what White plays. Williams' 13...Bxg2 is also a little better for Black. 10 Feb 14 01:30 am

You cannot play simultaneously games from PDF file on Windows PC. Not to my knowledge. Only as I told you - on Android platform: http://asim-pereira.android.informer.com/ Basically, like in old times you have the book and you layout position on the real chessboard. But I think it is worthwhile investing in Android phone, and then you can do many other things about chess - on the go, or even at home when you have Wi-Fi wireless. Try also 3 for 2 on Everymanchess: http://www.everymanchess.com/index.php with ChessBase or again for Android/iPhone ChessViewer. While GingerGM's book is quite original - and incomparable to any other Dutch opening publication, eBook or print the lacking of links from TOC and even the page numbers is a real drawback. GingerGM promised to address this shortcoming and update the current version. 21 Jan 14 09:58 am

iatelier? Anyone? I can not find any way to play through games with a PDF text format with your basic Windows laptop. 17 Jan 14 05:38 am

Do you have anything on the 2011 Irish Veterans Champion, Jack Killane's variation? It goes like this: 1 .d4 f5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg3 d6 4. Nf3 Nbd7 5. 0-0 e5 6. dxe5 dxe5 - allowing the e7-e5 pawn-break in one move. 10 Jan 14 03:36 am

Steven , suppose Simon only made 2 blunders in his life , would the grammar be correct ? In fairness i could introduce him to my NUMEROUS blunders , just to even up the score ! 5 Jan 14 02:35 pm

Tweets from the Team

GMGawain

Gawain Jones
@GMGawain

Got a winning position with the Grand Prix yesterday but couldn't convert so Dragon was necessary today. Finally won a game in Dubai! 9 Apr 14 04:50 pm

GMGawain

Gawain Jones
@GMGawain

RT @TaniaSachdev : Review of my first DVD.. Made my day :)) en.chessbase.com/post/improve-y… @sagarchess1 @ChessBase 8 Apr 14 10:26 am

GMGawain

Gawain Jones
@GMGawain

In Dubai. Was rather lucky to draw first round against talented young Azeri WFM. Meanwhile Sue's been busy gawainjones.co.uk/cork-amateur-p… @Corkchess 8 Apr 14 10:25 am

ginger_gm

Simon Williams
@ginger_gm

@ZibbitVideos If Nimzo, 3 Nf3 b6 4 g3 sac a pawn, perfect against Hans. 4...Ba6 5 Qc2 c5? 6 d5 exd5 7 cxd5 Bb7 8 e4! Is very good for White. 7 Apr 14 10:33 am

ginger_gm

Simon Williams
@ginger_gm

Idea. Point being ...Qa5 is met by Bd2! And after ...dxc4 e4 with a mess. Not sure if he still plays the Cambridge springs! Good luck! 7 Apr 14 10:30 am