Simon Says - Jobava!

by Simon Williams
9/2/2019 – Baadur Jobava of course! GM Simon Williams will peruse some of the recent games by this entertaining Georgian grandmaster. Watch for free (for a limited time) starting at the usual hour: 16:00 UTC (18:00 CEST / 12 Noon EDT).

The Colle-Koltanowski System The Colle-Koltanowski System

The Colle-Koltanowski system is very easy to learn, yet an extremely dangerous opening.


Brave Baadur

Jobava is a breath of fresh air in what can often seem like a rather stale elite group of players. His play often sparkles of greatness and genius, yet on occasions this has been let down by unpredictability. In this 'Simon Says' we take a look at some of his recent games and also some of his best games. I hope you agree that the world needs more 'Jobavas'!

In the diagram below, what move did Jobava now unleash on Ponomariov in the style of Kasparov and his famous defeat of Nigel Short in the Tarrasch French.


Play it out against the diagram!

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About Simon Says

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 have permanent access to the videos in the archive. Over 60 shows and counting have been published to date. Their lengths differ but most of them run for about 60 minutes.

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On another note, Simon recently published his newest video series on the "Colle-Koltanowski System". 

Here's a teaser:

The Colle-Koltanowski System

The Colle-Koltanowski system is very easy to learn, yet an extremely dangerous opening.


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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