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Re: Simon Williams: The English Opening
Reply #18 - 01/08/16 at 12:07:12
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I plan to play from time to time the English opening and really like his approach!!! the fianchetto lines and especially the main lines after 1.e5 never really attracted me (only my feeling nothing objective). So I´m generally happy with his recommendations. Often he tries to cut theory for starters (Tarrash, e6 and c6). It´s nice but he also mentioned that you probably have to switch to major stuff (hint: there are DVD´s to those topics by him Grin)

my main concern is the KID as it´s my main opening against d4 and english and the line I play is not even mentioned.
  
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Re: Simon Williams: The English Opening
Reply #17 - 01/06/16 at 09:45:56
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I got his two videos in the Christmas holiday and watched them both there. I find they are quite nice but some places they are a bit superficial. For example, his recommendation against the Tarrasch in QGD is based on Lf4 instead of Lg5 but he doesn't give sufficient attention to this move I find.

Of course, the video is not close to being as detailed as Marin's books but he gives a lot of good explanations of the Maroczy bind and maybe a quick d4 in reversed sicilians doesn't give white an edge but the variations he shows are quite nice. In general, he would like white to have quite a bit of space which is also logical when you want to cover an opening on two videos and the material shouldn't be too advanced (he says that the target audience is about 1800 ELO). Williams knows a lot about the French defence and the Dutch and one of his main reasons for not wanting to play 2. g3 against 1. -e5 is to be able to play a fast d4 against a Dutch-like setup. Furthermore, he quite often also suggests getting a reversed French defence here!
  
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Re: Simon Williams: The English Opening
Reply #16 - 09/26/15 at 06:47:57
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I can't find his recomandation against the hedgehog, am I missing something?
  
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Re: Simon Williams: The English Opening
Reply #15 - 09/20/15 at 19:02:46
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RdC wrote on 07/21/15 at 23:12:48:
kylemeister wrote on 07/21/15 at 16:00:02:
I wonder what he has to say about that first 4. d4.  Long ago it was the main move; I recall a bit of renewed interest in it ~20 years ago.



Assuming you mean 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. d4 (or transpositions), there are numerous examples with play normally continuing 4. .. exd4 5. Nxd4 Bb4.

Engines say "no" evaluating the position as equal with a slant towards Black being marginally better.

Simon may have found some new ideas, it is after all a reverse Sicilian.


I like Simon's work on the DVD, but same here, when I have Fritz on while watching his section on 4 d4, the computer likes black a tad more. So try d4 and hope black does not know it as well, or something else?
  
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Re: Simon Williams: The English Opening
Reply #14 - 08/15/15 at 17:49:03
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I am watching now the DVDs - nice explanations by Mr. Williams I have to admit! Mover order issues, discussion of several setups. I like especialy the part about the Symmetrical English...
  
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Re: Simon Williams: The English Opening
Reply #13 - 08/06/15 at 15:30:37
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Evidently Williams opted for this sort of thing:  1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 0-0 5. d3 d6 6. Rb1.

Still hoping someone will enlighten me re Botvinnik-Ragozin.
  
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Re: Simon Williams: The English Opening
Reply #12 - 08/06/15 at 07:18:47
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I thought there was no way to get anything worth pursuing in the English against the KID, necessitating transposition to a Fianchetto line.
  

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Re: Simon Williams: The English Opening
Reply #11 - 07/22/15 at 18:08:00
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Re: Simon Williams: The English Opening
Reply #10 - 07/22/15 at 14:35:28
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I been wanting to play the English for a while and this might be what I am waiting for to get started. How do the English opening players feel about the lines he gives? I wonder I Williams will put his aggressive approach in the opening?
  
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Re: Simon Williams: The English Opening
Reply #9 - 07/22/15 at 14:23:58
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Re: Simon Williams: The English Opening
Reply #8 - 07/22/15 at 07:20:47
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TD wrote on 07/21/15 at 15:44:55:
LostTactic wrote on 07/21/15 at 15:19:27:
Which site is selling this product? I couldn't find it on: GingerGM, Chessbase, EmpireChess or Foxy openings.

https://www.schachversand.de/startneu2.htm

http://www.debestezet.nl/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=3092&osCsid=c9ded9...
  
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Re: Simon Williams: The English Opening
Reply #7 - 07/22/15 at 01:24:15
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DenVerdsligeRejsende wrote on 07/22/15 at 01:00:18:
As a potential English player, from the contents of table, is it that this DVD is more like playing a reverse Open Sicilian rather than like Marin with 2. g3? If I play English I usually do not want to play d4 so early with no fianchetto.


1. c4 e5  2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. d4 is hardly like a reverse Open Sicilian (while of course 2. g3 can become one) ...
  
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Re: Simon Williams: The English Opening
Reply #6 - 07/22/15 at 01:00:18
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As a potential English player, from the contents of table, is it that this DVD is more like playing a reverse Open Sicilian rather than like Marin with 2. g3? If I play English I usually do not want to play d4 so early with no fianchetto.
  
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Re: Simon Williams: The English Opening
Reply #5 - 07/22/15 at 00:16:15
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RdC wrote on 07/21/15 at 23:12:48:
Assuming you mean 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. d4 (or transpositions), there are numerous examples with play normally continuing 4. .. exd4 5. Nxd4 Bb4.


Yup.  There is also 4...e4; I recall that Raetsky and Chetverik considered that the simplest way to equality.

One of the historical bits that stuck in my memory:  4...e4 5. Nd2 Bb4 6. e3 0-0 7. Be2 Re8 8. 0-0 Bxc3 9. bc d6 10. f3 was long considered good for White (stemming from Botvinnik), until somebody noticed 10...Bf5 11. fe Nxe4!.  Both sides can play differently earlier, though ...
  
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Re: Simon Williams: The English Opening
Reply #4 - 07/21/15 at 23:12:48
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kylemeister wrote on 07/21/15 at 16:00:02:
I wonder what he has to say about that first 4. d4.  Long ago it was the main move; I recall a bit of renewed interest in it ~20 years ago.



Assuming you mean 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. d4 (or transpositions), there are numerous examples with play normally continuing 4. .. exd4 5. Nxd4 Bb4.

Engines say "no" evaluating the position as equal with a slant towards Black being marginally better.

Simon may have found some new ideas, it is after all a reverse Sicilian.
  
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Re: Simon Williams: The English Opening
Reply #3 - 07/21/15 at 16:00:02
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I wonder what he has to say about that first 4. d4.  Long ago it was the main move; I recall a bit of renewed interest in it ~20 years ago.

Again I wonder why we need all these "!?"s and "!"s appended to old main/major book moves.  I guess giving unadorned moves is just too boring.  Not enough sizzle! (/!?).
  
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Re: Simon Williams: The English Opening
Reply #2 - 07/21/15 at 15:44:55
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LostTactic wrote on 07/21/15 at 15:19:27:
Which site is selling this product? I couldn't find it on: GingerGM, Chessbase, EmpireChess or Foxy openings.

https://www.schachversand.de/startneu2.htm
  
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Re: Simon Williams: The English Opening
Reply #1 - 07/21/15 at 15:19:27
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Which site is selling this product? I couldn't find it on: GingerGM, Chessbase, EmpireChess or Foxy openings.
  
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Simon Williams: The English Opening
07/21/15 at 11:07:34
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Vol. 1

The DVD covers:

    The Reversed Sicilian - 1 c4 e5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 d4!?

    An early ... f5 - 1 c4 e5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 Nf3 f5 4 d4!

    An early ... g6 - 1 c4 e5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 Nf3 g6 4 d4!

    2...Bb4 - 1 c4 e5 2 Nc3 Bb4

    Mikenas-Carls variation - 1 c4 Nf6 2 Nc3 e6 3 e4!?

    A unique idea against 1 ... e6 and ... d5 - 1 c4 e6 2 Nc3 d5 3 e3!?

    Crazy lines from Black


Vol. 2

The DVD covers:

    The Symmetrical English – 1 c4 c5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 g3 g6 4 Bg2 Bg7 5 a3!?

    ... d5 from Black in the Symmetrical English – 1 c4 c5 2 Nc3 Nf6 3 g3 d5

    The Kings Indian Defence – 1 c4 Nf6 2 Nc3 g6 3 g3 Bg7

    The Anti-Grunfeld – 1 c4 Nf6 2 Nc3 d5

    The English Defence – 1 c4 b6

    An interesting way to play against the Slav – 1 c4 c6 2 Nc3 d5 3 e3!?

    Playing against the Dutch – 1 c4 f5
  
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