New DVD: Simon Williams – The Black Lion

7/6/2016 – Looking for an interesting, exciting, aggressive and flexible opening to play against 1 e4!? Then the Black Lion is just the opening for you! The Lion gets ready to roar after 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.0–0 c6. This opening, first brought into the limelight by Dutch amateur players Jerry van Rekom and Leo Jansen, now gets the grandmaster treatment. Simon Williams suggests a simple to learn, yet deadly system of development for Black. Add it to your tournament repertoire.

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Simon Williams: The Black Lion

An aggressive version of the Philidor Defense

Looking for an interesting, exciting, aggressive and flexible opening to play against 1 e4!? Then the Black Lion is just the opening for you! The Lion gets ready to roar after 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.0–0 c6

– and now Black wants to attack with an early ...g5.

This opening, first brought into the limelight by Dutch amateur players Jerry van Rekom and Leo Jansen, now gets the grandmaster treatment. Simon Williams suggests a simple to learn, yet deadly system of development for Black. Simon explains the main ideas of this opening in an easy and entertaining manner, using examples from such maverick players as Baadur Jobava. In what other opening do you get a chance to attack White’s castled King with an early ...g5? Let the Lion roar and the fun commence!

Sample: Simon Williams – The Black Lion – An aggressive version of the Philidor Defense

Interview with Simon Williams

Simon Williams became a IM in 1998 and a GM in 2008. For the last 15 years he has concentrated on teaching, playing and making instructional chess DVDs. He is the author of numerous chess books, like "Play the Classical Dutch", which got voted, in New in Chess, as one of the top 10 chess books of all time.

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  • Video running time: 5 hours 27 min (English)
  • With interactive training including video feedback
  • Exclusive database with 50 model games
  • Including CB 12 Reader
  • EAN 9783866815391
  • ISBN 978-3-86681-539-1
  • Price: €29.90. €25.13 without VAT (for Customers outside the EU), $27.14 (without VAT)

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Machariel Machariel 5/4/2019 03:57
Rubbish opening and I want my money back!

There are at least 5 obvious moves or themes for white which can be described as anti-Lion. They totally take away the Black Lion's main intent, which is the king-side attack. The issue I have with this DVD/Chessbase installment is that Simon avoids going into detail of said white type of moves. He mentions them briefly, but offers no real solutions or alternatives to them. Other than the "book anti-Lion" of f2-f4.

For example, a whites Nh4 seems weakening for white, but if black persists with the ill-advised ...b6 / ...Nh7 setup, to keep the king-side attack theme alive, then black ends up in quite a mess himself. I for example was faced with a counter king-side attack! Nor is there a game in the database to support the proposed idea.

And so on. Just to mention one good example. By the way, I also have the famous Black Lion book by van Rekom Jerry & Jensen Leo. It's slightly more illuminating and yet inaccurate at other times. But it doesn't add much to what this Chessbase product already has to offer.

I'll be honest and blunt with you. I want my money back or initiate a trade or something. But the Black Lion, other than having a cult following, is rubbish if it's the main theme - kingside attack - you're after.

P.S.: I played about 30 to 40 long-play games with the Black Lion. My current Chess.com Glicko-rating is 1695. My Elo rating on Lichess.com is 2061 (7 wins, 1 loss).
sreade123 sreade123 6/15/2017 06:07
Avoid the download version ... very problematic, very unstable, and little-to-no support from CBase. Get the DVD instead, if it's available.
sreade123 sreade123 6/15/2017 06:05
I'm @1400. I just took down a 2100 player at my club with it in 46 moves. It completely tied him up behind his front wall of white pawns until I worked my way around his extended Kingside pawns (he thought he was attacking me!). Very interesting opening and he "burned" a lot of minutes trying to figure it out ... he hadn't ever seen it before; didn't know what to do except push his center pawns then his queenside pawns until I took the B file and stifled any further queenside advances.
dennislees dennislees 2/15/2017 05:13
Is the whole DVD shown from White's perspective? Seems strange for a DVD about a Black defense.
muhammedrejac muhammedrejac 7/12/2016 07:08
well explained
Halflash Halflash 7/8/2016 03:52
4.dxe5!? draw. :O
johnmk johnmk 7/7/2016 03:50
I like Frits comment -- yes, nothing like renaming an established variation!
I don't want to characterize Williams as a schlock-meister of the chess authoring world, but he does seem to sensationalize the material.
As with most chess openings, you can find attacking lines.
There is a Wiki article that actually sheds some light on the question if White is forced to go into this improved Hanham (aka Black Lion) or not. Readers should check it out.
stoosans stoosans 7/7/2016 09:00
That's basic Philidor opening. And whatever words may apply to it (stable, solid, hard to break etc.), I think "deadly" or "aggressive" are not one of them.
Frits Fritschy Frits Fritschy 7/7/2016 12:51
"This opening, first brought into the limelight by Dutch amateur players Jerry van Rekom and Leo Jansen"... They wrote a book about it with a lot of original analysis. They also hijacked the opening, which always had, and should still have, the name Hanham Defence. Even the idea of postponing castling and attack with g7-g5 was played by James Moore Hanham (1840-1923). Good marketing strategy by my countrymen!
x_ileon@yahoo.co.uk x_ileon@yahoo.co.uk 7/6/2016 08:16
Wow, Williams' intro has really sold me on this!!!
pölönc pölönc 7/6/2016 11:04
I had always difficulties to get some advantage against this system. It is quite stable for black.
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