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A Spark of Brilliance from Tromso

Simon Williams | 19 August 2014 |
Posted in: Chess , GM Williams , DVD/Video

The 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromso was a great event for me to commentate on and watch.

Lots of exciting games were played and it was a feast for any chess player. This post takes a look at my favourite game from the whole competition.

This game featured every type of sacrifice. I hope that you enjoy my video of this great game.

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British Chess Championship 2014: My Best Effort

Simon Williams | 18 August 2014 |
Posted in: Chess , GM Williams , DVD/Video

The British Championship, is always an event that I try to play in. The mix of high level chess and fun social nights makes for a great event.

This year things started well when I managed to defeat the reigning champion, David Howell, (for the first time in my life!) but then things went quickly downhill!

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Price Drop!!!

Simon Williams | 16 August 2014 |
Posted in: Chess , GM Williams

Major price drop for DVDs in the GingerGM shop!!!

You can now get a 5 hour lesson from a top Grandmster for the price of £10!! We have dropped the prices of our DVDs in the shop, to make them more accessible to everyone.

Take a look at our shop to see if there is a DVD that you can treat yourself with.

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Drunken Knights vs Wood Green - The Big Clash!!!

Simon Williams | 10 June 2014 |

The 9 dart check-out is a rare sporting achievement, often compared with snooker’s 147 maximum break’.

Last night, Wood Green produced an impressive 12 board cheque-out at Plough to win the London League championship for a twelfth consecutive season. Their 8-4 victory over DK1 was facilitated by captain Brian Smith enlisting the services of eight GMs. Knights line-up, which included one GM on beer retainer, was the highest rated in the club’s 44 year history.’ – Nevil Chan

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Krasenkow vs Williams: A main line Classical Dutch with 7...Ne4.

Simon Williams | 06 June 2014 |
Posted in: Chess , GM Williams , DVD/Video

I have recently just returned from playing in the French league team championship. I had a pretty hard time, but there was some good chess played with some interesting games.

I was Black in the game below, against Michael Krasenkow, formerly a 2700+ player. The game was a Classical Dutch, where I came out of the opening with a promising position.

A video is included in the post, hope you enjoy :)

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An interesting way to play against the Kings Indian Defence

Simon Williams | 13 May 2014 |
Posted in: Chess , GM Williams , DVD/Video

This video is taken from my game against James Jackson, from the final day of the 4ncl.

James, a rising and improving talent, played the early part of the game in model style.

Only later did he go wrong in allowing me to entomb his queen on the h8 square.

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Shirov vs Williams: Fire on the Board!

Simon Williams | 06 May 2014 |
Posted in: Chess , GM Williams , DVD/Video

An exciting game that I played against ‘Mr Fire on the Board’ – Shirov.

The game was from round 10 of the 4ncl. I have done a quick video of the game with some comments that you can play along to.

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GingerGM Copyright Video

Simon Williams | 25 April 2014 |
Posted in: General , GM Williams , DVD/Video

A tongue in cheek video complaining about the amount of people who illegally download gingergm DVDs :)

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Recent Comments

Hello Ginger GM, I was wondering about the difference in philosophies behind the book _Attacking Chess: The French_ and the _Killer French_ DVDs. I noticed that they seem to have different approaches to some of the same problems. From what I have seen I am assuming that the lines in _Attacking Chess..._ are more dynamic and double edged. The reason I ask is that I am trying to figure out the best way for me to cobble together a club level repertoire from the two. For example, I feel a little nervous following the book's ...Nh6 recommendation as opposed to the video's ...Ne7 against White's 5th move alternative of Bd2 against the Winawer, fearing an almost certain club level Bxh6 followed by defensive play by Black. On the other hand, I might prefer the book's suggestion of a Botvinnik set up against the KIA. I am just looking for a guiding principle behind why different solutions to Black's problems were suggested. Of course, I understand you couldn't publish the exact same material for two different publishers. I would like to comment that I find the DVDs and the book to be outstanding in repertoire, teaching style, and entertainment. I think the DVDs are worth five times what you are charging. You are really putting your hard earned knowledge and experience into the DVDs and we all should be truly grateful that you are willing to share these ideas with us!!! Not only that but you make chess truly fun. Also, I just purchased a copy of the Killer Dutch DVD on Amazon. I decided that since I am going to faithfully play the French over the long run, I can go back to playing the Dutch without tears (?) by answering 1.d4 with 1...e6! My only regret is not having purchased the DVD here as I just saw that you offer the book along with the purchase of the DVD as a bonus. Thanks very much and cheers! P.S. Favorable Amazon.com reviews forthcoming 2 Sep 14 02:58 pm

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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.

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RT @skaksamband : @Skakhuginn Chess Club doing great things at @bilbaochess . Einar Hjalti Jensson won his fourth games in a row today! 17 Sep 14 11:39 pm

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There were certainly a lot of crazy and interesting games from the 2014 Tromso Chess Olympiad, but this game was... fb.me/6NGQiiIir 17 Sep 14 03:19 pm

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Draws for me+Robin vs Karjakin+Grischuk but Einar steals the spotlight with victory over Shirov! I'm sure a 4-2 loss never felt so good :) 15 Sep 14 06:04 pm

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RT @skaksamband : Einar Hjalti Jensson in @Skakhuginn Chess Club won Alexei Shirov in @bilbaochess #c24live! 15 Sep 14 06:01 pm

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RT @skaksamband : The Chess Club Malakhite ( @SergeyKaryakin , Grischuk, Leko and Shirov) faces the superteam of @Skakhuginn Chess Club in @bi… 15 Sep 14 11:06 am

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@TERendle @GSharks4NCL Good luck guys! Suggest you have a drink before playing, calm those nerves :) 15 Sep 14 08:49 am

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RT @peterdoggers : Awesome to see Manuel Bosboom beating another world class player today. He just crushed Peter Leko! #bilbaochess 14 Sep 14 05:55 pm