Grandmaster Simon Williams was taught the English Opening at the age of six and 1 c4 was his weapon of choice until long after he became an International Master. For this new work, he teamed up with acclaimed theoretician International Master Richard Palliser to explore his old favorite.
The English Opening remains an excellent choice for the club and tournament players. This book focuses on the set-up popularised by the sixth world champion, Mikhail Botvinnik. The so-called Botvinnik formation with 2 Nc3, 3 g3, 4 Bg2, 5 e4, and 6 Nge2. This system is compact but still aggressive and rewards an understanding of plans and strategies rather than rote memorization of moves.
In Opening Repertoire: The Iron English leading chess authors Simon Williams and Richard Palliser guide the reader through the complexities of this dynamic variation and carves out a repertoire for White.
They examine all aspects of the highly complex English Opening. They also provide the reader with well-researched, fresh, and innovative analysis. Each annotated game has valuable lessons on how to play the opening. It also contains instructive commentary on typical middlegame plans.
- A dynamic and easy-to-play repertoire for White
- Complete coverage featuring several new ideas
- Take your opponents out of their comfort zone!
Simon Williams is a Grandmaster, a presenter, and a popular writer whose previous books have received great praise. He is much admired for his dynamic and spontaneous attacking style.
Richard Palliser is an International Master and the editor of CHESS Magazine. In 2006 he became Joint British Rapidplay Champion and in 2019 he finished third in the British Championship. He has also established a reputation as a skilled chess writer and written many works for Everyman, including the bestselling The Complete Chess Workout.