Killer d4 (Two Volume Set) – GM Simon Williams

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1.d4 Opening Repertoire: Killer d4 with GM Simon Williams

Killer D4 (two Volume Set) – Gm Simon Williams

Killer d4 with GM Simon Williams – Vol 1

In the first of this two-part DVD series, I will be guiding you through an extremely aggressive repertoire based on the d4 opening.

Concentrating on gambits and sharp play this opening has been my main weapon in becoming a Grandmaster.

Learn my secrets and the secrets of a GM in this 7 hour DVD!

The material is of a good quality and will definitely act as fuel to provide viewers with the groundwork for a high-powered d4 opening repertoire.

In the second DVD in this series, I take a look at everything else that you need to know when playing 1 d4.

The aim is to teach things in a simple yet effective manner. Where both club players and Grandmaster will be able to pick up something useful. Aggressive, attacking chess is the key. This repertoire got me to GM so there is no reason it cannot do the same for you!

About the Author:

GM Simon Williams (aka GingerGM) is a popular English chess grandmaster, author, and commentator.

He obtained the Grandmaster title in 2008 by accomplishing the final norm at the Hastings International Chess Congress 2005/2006 and the 2500+ rating at Hastings 2007/2008.

In 2009, he organized the Big Slick International in Purley, London, which comprised an invitational GM tournament and FIDE Rated Open.

His Achievements:

  • In 2003, he finished second at the British Chess Championship.
  • In 2005, he won the British Blitz Championship.
  • In 2009, Williams finished equal first at the Southend Chess Congress all-play-all tournament.
  • He was the joint winner with Gawain Jones of the London Chess Classic FIDE Rated Open in December 2010, with a rating performance of 2690.

How is this course going to help me?

If you are a player who prefers d4 openings rather than 1.e4 openings, you must certainly be prepared for all the responses that black can post to you in the opening.

When it comes to controlling the center, moving to 1.d4 would clearly be a better option than 1.e4  because 1.d4 can control two central squares when 1.e4 can only control one.

Playing 1.d4, we are able to control both d4, since the Queen is defending the pawn, and e5 with the pawn, while playing 1.e4 will only help us control d5. We’re not controlling e4 because the pawn is unprotected.

Here are some of the most important lessons you will learn with this course: 

The Slav

Killer D4 (two Volume Set) – Gm Simon WilliamsGM Simon Williams will arm you with the strategy you need in order to obtain an advantage against one of the most popular responses against d4 openings.

After the moves, 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 dxc4 4.e4 b5 black often tries to keep the extra pawn and post some problems to the White player in the opening.

The GingerGM will show you how to quickly obtain an advantage by breaking up Black’s pawn formation with the move 5.a4 which makes the c4 pawn now a target as well.

The Triangle Variation – Marshall Gambit

The triangle variation comes to the board after the moves 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 e6, this is a very interesting idea in which Black delays the development of the Knight to f6, which also gives the flexibility of entering some positions of the Stonewall.

Simon Williams will break down all the ideas you need to have in mind in order to avoid falling into tricky positions that cause you some trouble.

This course will get you fully prepared to play 1.d4 against your opponents and obtain very nice positions after the opening.

Enjoy the course! 

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2 reviews for Killer d4 (Two Volume Set) – GM Simon Williams

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hadji (verified owner)

    I am looking for a shortcut to get a master level opening preparation after 1.d4. This is my main opening repertoire for many years, but sometimes I play Reti or English. But I am not a fan of 1.e4 for which French or Sicilian is easy to equalize.

    I don’t want to study tons of games just to learn what works and what doesn’t. I am looking for a system that are proven to work against competition of any level in which I will be very confidently play with! And I think I found it in this DVD.

    After 1.d4 there are lots of opening defenses to be prepared from, and other requires a huge amount of theories. Such as, Queen’s Gambit Accepted, Queen’s Gambit Declined, Slav Defense, Kings Indian Defense, Nimzo Indian Defense, Grunfeld Defense, Dutch Defense, Tarrasch and Chigorin Defense and many others which were covered in this DVD! I observed that GM Williams choice of lines is not about winning instantly in the opening, for which it is highly unlikely, but for us to arrive at the middlegame with out much trouble. The lines he chooses simple yet effective to competently play in the opening to the middlegame. In preparation for opening repertoire after 1.d4, he shared the most effective attacking plans, pawn structure, correct piece placement, typical maneuvers, and the game-winning strategies in the opening and middlegame.

    For example, I examine the lines he chooses for Queen’s Gambit Accepted after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 and when I check with my opening book, it is the line that is mostly played and very solid. In this position I usually play, in my own thinking and evaluation, the secondary line 3.e4.

    Final verdict: The lines he chooses is simple yet aggressive attacking opening lines. The way GM Williams presents his lectures are exciting and very motivational. There are so much to learn, new ideas, new understanding, tactical and positional lines. Kudos GM Williams for this excellent DVD!!

  2. Rated 4 out of 5


    Simon William strikes again. Killer D4 is as the title suggests a complete Repertoire based on 1.D4. Known for his aggressive play Simon William focuses here like you would expect on an aggressive setup.
    In the first DVD he focuses purely on the responses after d5. In the second DVD he focuses on the Indian Defences and the Rest.
    I cannot emphasise this point enough but again, as it is a DVD from Ginger GM this is also great. I cannot really tell the theoretical importance of this DVD in 2019 but I honestly believe that all of the lines he presents are still up to date and at least playable. He presents as I mentioned a set of aggressive lines against the various set ups. He always shows games first to give you an impression of what to expect and give you a sense of direction how to play the opening. He always tries to give you rules for moves and general concepts in certain positions. He shows you the most important theory while not overwhelming you. The guidance he gives you is helpful and he tries to make it as easy for you to pick up the repertoire as possible. With a little bit of work, I can say it works. I can recommend this for anyone who want to get an aggressive choice for white with d4 that is under 2100 Elo, if you are above this and want to do your own research, I can also recommend it for you. But I would still as this DVD was published a few years ago, check the lines if there has been some development. Nevertheless, this DVD is really great and I can rate it 8/10.

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