Simon Says: The Queen's Gambit: A life-long love affair

by Simon Williams
11/9/2020 – The Netflix series "The Queen's Gambit" continues to be popular with critics and public alike. For Simon Williams, the Ginger GM, the title of the series evoked memories, and in this "Simon Says" show he looks back to his experiences with the Queen's Gambit, an opening that has been part of his life. | Watch "Simon Says" on-demand and with a ChessBase Premium account). (Normally 18:00 UTC (19:00 CET / 14:00 ET).

A dynamic weapon against the QGD - 5.Bf4 A dynamic weapon against the QGD - 5.Bf4

This DVD concentrates on the increasingly popular 5.Bf4 variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined and gives White a dynamic and aggressive weapon against Black's set-up.


The Queen's Gambit

Simon Says: "In this Simon Says I look at how the Queen's Gambit has been a part of my life and how I have incorporated different ideas in this opening to become a more successful player. The main concepts that I have used are very aggressive in nature, involving Queenside castling and then throwing the g- and h- pawns up the board. To learn more about these ideas please do watch the show!"

Here's the warm-up: "What did White play in this position?"


(See the full game and the solution below)

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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.

Read more in Meeting Simon Williams.

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Still more Simon

Simon's latest DVD series, "The Exciting Budapest Gambit" is now available. Check it out, starting with the sample below: 

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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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