Simon Says: Should one play systems or openings?

by Simon Williams
10/5/2020 – In this "Simon Says" the Ginger GM takes a look at some games from the Pro Chess League and wonders whether it is better to play a system or to play specific openings. | Watch "Simon Says" for free and on-demand (for a limited time, or forever with a ChessBase Premium account). (Normally 18:00 UTC (20:00 CEST / 14:00). | Photo: Bobby Fischer at the Candidates Tournament Portoroz 1959 | Photo: Tournament book

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Simon Williams presents the London System, providing the theory you need for your games (7 h 16 min). In addition Williams also introduces into typical tactics and patterns in a seperate product. (53 games, 96 training questions and 3h 14 min)

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The Pro Chess League and the advantage of playing 'systems' over 'openings'

Simon Says: "In this Simon Says we take a look at some games played by top players online. I also talk about the advantages of playing 'system' setups over deep theoretical openings. Touching upon Bobby Fischer's favourite opening, the King's Indian Attack."

Here's the warm-up: "White has just played 21.Rfe1, how did Wei Yi break down White's position?"

 

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Wei Yi wins

 

London System with 2.Bf4 Reloaded and Tactic Toolbox London System

Simon Williams presents the London System, providing the theory you need for your games (7 h 16 min). In addition Williams also introduces into typical tactics and patterns in a seperate product. (53 games, 96 training questions and 3h 14 min)


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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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Davidx1 Davidx1 10/6/2020 07:38
The opening is the first 8-12 moves, let's do 10 which is a perfect number, then move the pieces for the first time.
Boy.no need to eat poisoned pawns, move your queen soon, ecc..
Bring the pieces to the center and the King to the castle.
So you have to play strategically or systematically because you are human: development.
The tactic is the exception that proves the rule.
Aighearach Aighearach 10/6/2020 06:46
I don't know what GMs should do, but down here in the fish pond systems seem to work better to me.

Unless you live in a memory palace, I guess. The use specific theory.
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