Simon Says — Magnus the Grinder

by Simon Williams
8/20/2018 – In this Simon Says, Simon will take a look at what makes Magnus Magnus. We can all learn a lot from his style and best games. Enjoy!

Master Class Vol.8: Magnus Carlsen Master Class Vol.8: Magnus Carlsen

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Magnus the Grinder

Simon looks at some typical games of Magnus Carlsen, the sixteenth World Champion.

Here's a position for you to start thinking about. In this position, Magnus showed his great understanding of the game. What sequence of events did he now undertake?

 

Carlsen decided to give his white-squared bishop against the knight — the prelude to a dangerous attack.


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In early 2015 Simon Williams launched his own show called "Simon says" after producing the first of his ChessBase video series. On a weekly basis (with breaks for tournaments and chess events) Simon entertains the chess world with attacking ideas, play strategies and witty manoeuvres on the chess board.

ChessBase Premium members can watch the show live and have permanent access to the videos in the archive. Through the end of 2017, 43 “Simon Says” shows have been published. Their length differs but most of them run for about 60 minutes.

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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 also has a lot of experience commentating about chess. Being the regular commentator at the strongest and best open tournament in the world, Gibraltar. Simon Williams is the author of numerous chess books. His first chess book. 'Play the Classical Dutch' got voted, in New in Chess, as one of the top 10 chess books of all time. His playing style is very aggressive, preferring attacking chess to positional grinds. No wonder he produced two widely acclaimed ChessBase DVDs on the King's Gambit. More information about Williams can be found on his website.
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Barry L Bell Barry L Bell 8/22/2018 08:01
Always interesting, keep up the good work.
thirteen thirteen 8/21/2018 12:51
Likeable, encyclopedia, but all-level chess fun-times always to be guaranteed with this commentator/teacher.
Just my opinion.
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