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45 minutes with the Most Interesting Player in Chess - Baadur Jobava

Simon Williams | 19 June 2015 |
Posted in: Chess , GM Williams , DVD/Video

I was extremely lucky to get a chance to play and chat to the world’s most exciting chess player, my friend Baadur Jobava!
In this exciting extended 45 minute video, we play some light hearted exhibition chess. With an exclusive chat about whats coming up for Baadur.

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More Speed Chess Videos!

Simon Williams | 19 June 2015 |
Posted in: Chess , GM Williams , DVD/Video

Yet again I have been trying my luck out in the world of speed chess. In the post below you can watch videos of me, handle – Psycho-Cowboy, playing against a range of players with a range of results!

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Cheating and Witch-Hunts.

Simon Williams | 01 June 2015 |
Posted in: General , Chess , Poker , Gossip

Just of late I have been contacted by no less than half a dozen reporters from some of the most popular tabloid and broadsheet papers in Britain.
Was this because of some amazing chess result that I have had? Or maybe for some other positive reason that will encourage the chess world?

No, no, no. First it was to get my opinion on the ‘cheating epidemic’ that was engulfing the chess world. Then to get my views on some controversial comments made by world championship finalist Nigel Short and finally to hear what I have to say about the ‘epidemic of accusing cheating epidemic’.

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Watch me play some crazy speed chess! With commentary.

Simon Williams | 26 May 2015 |
Posted in: DVD/Video

I have recently been having some fun trying my arm at commentating on some 5 minute games. Games that I have played on the Internet Chess Club. The reason I started this was that I noticed a number of my loses have been posted up online, by enthusiastic online commentators Kingscrusher and ChessExplained. Just waiting now to play one of them, so that I can even the score! In the post below you can take a look at some of the videos that I have already filmed.

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More On-Demand Streaming Content Available

Ginger GM Admin | 11 November 2014 |
Posted in: DVD/Video

We’ve made more of our DVDs available for on-demand streaming!

You can watch the first few minutes of the content for free, then you’ll be prompted to pay a small fee within the video player.

It’s also a great way to preview our DVDs if you’re thinking of buying.

Just look for the VOD label on our products and scroll to the bottom of the product page!

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Sokolov Explains - Middlegame Pawn Structures

Simon Williams | 21 October 2014 |
Posted in: Chess , GM Williams

‘This is the legendary Ivan Sokolov’s first ever DVD. It is with great pleasure and honour that GingerGM is able to bring Ivan’s vast experience of our beautiful game to video.

Ivan has been part of the world’s chess elite for all of his adult life. In his youth Ivan was tipped by many as being a future world champion. His career has incuded victories over Kasparov and a large number of the world’s elite.

Read below to see some of the positions that Ivan deals with in his DVD.
The lessons shown in the DVD are given with his unique insight and touch of humour.

You can buy the DVD from our shop.

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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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Recent Comments

Hi Si, Firstly, the word may be 'vicious', rather than 'viscous'! Yeah, what happened to Sandu was nasty. Never heard of Zhukova before, and still wish had never heard of her. Horrid. Hope Sandu gets support by being invited to lots of tournaments while Zhukova and crew get blacklisted. Looks like there is also a pickle over at chess.com re: a cheating accusation too, with the accused putting up a strong defence and ardently denying, providing reasons. Without seeing the games one cannot say, but it looks iffy at first sight for the website. My solutions for cheating: (1) play in speedos to avoid leg-phone, Bulgarian-back and German-pocket. (2) drones overhead to block signals. See http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-06/03/drones-identify-cheats-in-chinese-exams (3) playing in a Faraday cage (do they work?) with a slop bucket for a toilet right next to the board to prevent The Nigalidze Bowels Attack. Cheers, SB 5 Jun 15 01:09 pm

We're all looking for an excuse to throw pawns against the King, a sound, justified, positional early g5 is like saying chocolate is good for you. (Though the icing is the open lines :) Thank you :) 6 Feb 15 08:36 am

Ha ha! Egg all over your face! Magnus Carlsen, the best in the world and soon to be of all time. 6 Feb 15 04:56 am

Is there something on this DVD that Ivan didn't cover already in his book "Winning Chess Middlegames". All the presented games were presented in the book... 21 Oct 14 06:12 pm

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

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

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RT @johnchess : English County #Chess Championship: Yorkshire beat Kent by 11-5 to take the title. ow.ly/Pb9Ir 4 Jul 15 07:21 pm

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Thanks for the kind words Christopher 4 Jul 15 11:05 am

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I liked a @YouTube video from @ginger_gm youtu.be/hyA4V6v4OuM?a Wei Yi vs Bruzon: A modern day case of 'Chess Immortality' 4 Jul 15 09:22 am

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I've gone over the game here - m.youtube.com/watch?a=&featu… - love a 'good old fashioned king hunt' 3 Jul 15 05:49 pm

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I added a video to a @YouTube playlist youtu.be/hyA4V6v4OuM?a Wei Yi vs Bruzon: A modern day case of 'Chess Immortality' 3 Jul 15 04:31 pm

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RT @chess24com : Has 16-year-old Wei Yi just played a new Game of the Century?! chess24.com/en/watch/live-… #c24live pic.twitter.com/E2NOozd1iq 3 Jul 15 12:11 pm

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Since this game chessgames.com/perl/chessgame… I always had the feeling that the opening may be refuted 3 Jul 15 11:57 am

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@chess24com Morphy is still alive and he is now Chinese. What a King hunt! Fantastic game by Wei Yi. Must cover it on YouTube. 3 Jul 15 11:54 am