Simon Says — US Championship and European Championship

by Simon Williams
4/1/2019 – In this Simon Says Simon Williams will take a look at some of the best games from the US championship and the European championship. Live today at the usual time: 16:00 UTC (18:00 CEST / 12 Noon EDT). If you miss the show, you can watch it in the archive with a ChessBase Account. Don't have an account? You can register a free 90-day account to watch!

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US Championship and European Championship

In this Simon Says we take a look at some of the best games from the US championship and the European championship. I am also going to through a couple of problems in to keep you on your feet!

In this seemingly hopeless position White has a draw. Can you improve on most computer engines and find that draw!?


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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.

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On another note, Simon recently published his newest DVD "The Tactical Chigorin". 

The Tactical Chigorin

Opening with the Chigorin shows your intention to play for a win right from the outset. After 2...Nc6 Black's pieces fly into the game putting pressure on White's position from a very early stage. This opening is ideal for the type of player who strives for an unconvential yet attacking game right from the start.


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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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imdvb_8793 imdvb_8793 4/2/2019 02:51
I finally got it, I think. (Took me a pretty long time, but I WAS doing something else the whole time as well. Though that might have also helped, as I had to look at the position with fresh eyes a few times, and that's how I found the last piece of the puzzle.) 1.Ne4 is obvious, Kh4 is forced. 2.Ng3 I saw fairly early. Kg3 is again mate with Be1, so either Black goes fxg3 (where White demonstrates his main idea, which again I saw reasonably early: 3.Bb6 and 4.Bg1, then just standing. If Black pushes either of his pawns, even supported by the queen, White just takes, and taking results in stalemate, as does playing Qa1 after Bg1. Black's only other tries are to take on g1 at some point, but White takes and stops the pawns with his king - Black's king can't help, being stalemated and all - or to play Qf2, but White can then take, as can be seen in a line I give below) or plays one of the moves I spent the most time on: Qc8 or Qf8, defending against the mate on f5. No other options. I saw that I kind of had to play Be1 here, but for a long time I couldn't see how to get to the g1-a7 diagonal after Black took on g3. But of course there's 4.Bf2!, which, if Black wants to avoid the aforementioned drawing mechanism, he has to take, either with the queen, if he'd put it on f8, which would result in immediate stalemate, or with the pawn, in which case, no matter where the queen is, White plays g3 check and, regardless of whether black takes or plays Kh3, it is again stalemate. Is this correct, or am I missing some resource for Black? (Or did I forget to write one of the lines I calculated?)