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Simon Kim Williams
S Williams 
Simon relaxes in Bobby Fischer's favorite chair in Reykjavik.
Photo: Stuart Conquest, courtesy of
Number of games in database: 1,545
Years covered: 1993 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2457 (2497 rapid, 2525 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2550

Overall record: +665 -408 =447 (58.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 25 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (112) 
    A16 A10 A11 A13 A18
 Queen's Gambit Declined (77) 
    D37 D38 D31 D35 D39
 King's Indian (73) 
    E70 E73 E76 E61 E92
 English, 1 c4 e5 (50) 
    A29 A27 A28 A21 A26
 Slav (49) 
    D15 D17 D10 D11 D18
 English, 1 c4 c5 (42) 
    A36 A34 A30 A35
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (228) 
    C05 C02 C18 C01 C00
 Dutch Defense (150) 
    A96 A84 A91 A90 A97
 Sicilian (120) 
    B70 B51 B25 B22 B40
 French Tarrasch (78) 
    C05 C03 C04
 Queen's Pawn Game (57) 
    A40 A46 D02 A41 E00
 French Winawer (54) 
    C18 C16 C15 C17 C19
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Sokolov vs S Williams, 2006 0-1
   S Williams vs M Simons, 1999 1-0
   S Williams vs Hebden, 2006 1-0
   J Gallagher vs S Williams, 2001 0-1
   R Wojtaszek vs S Williams, 2011 0-1
   Gelfand vs S Williams, 2012 0-1
   A Cooper vs S Williams, 1999 0-1
   Y Afek vs S Williams, 2008 0-1
   Agrest vs S Williams, 2004 0-1
   T Nixon vs S Williams, 2002 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Smith & Williamson British Championship (2004)
   British Championship (2009)
   Hastings 2008/09 (2009)
   British Championship (2015)
   Hastings 2005/06 (2006)
   Hastings 2006/07 (2006)
   British Chess Championship (2014)
   Amsterdam Chess Tournament (2005)
   British Championship (2007)
   British Championship (2010)
   British Championship (2011)
   Hastings 2007/08 (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   London Chess Classic Open (2013)
   100th British Championship (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Dutch defense - classical by heuel
   Wiliams' Killer Dutch by Pawn N Hand
   Williams' Killer Dutch by Pawn N Hand by fredthebear
   1999 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   French defense - advance by heuel
   F repertoire key games compiled by chessbuzz by fredthebear
   Opening repertoire key games by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Opening repertoire key games by chessbuzz
   Mating Net's Dutch Doozies by Mating Net
   Classical Dutch by kenilworthian

   🏆 Isle of Man Masters
   L'Ami vs S Williams (Oct-28-18) 1-0
   S Williams vs Ganguly (Oct-27-18) 1/2-1/2
   Z Almasi vs S Williams (Oct-26-18) 1/2-1/2
   S Williams vs S Vaibhav (Oct-25-18) 1-0
   G L Charleshouse vs S Williams (Oct-24-18) 0-1

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(born Nov-30-1979, 39 years old) United Kingdom

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IM (1997); GM (2007).

Early years

Simon learned to play chess at the age of 6 and received his first FIDE rating at the age of 12, when he weighed in at 2255. He played in numerous British, European and World Youth and Junior events between 1993 when he placed 16th in the European U14 Championship and 1998 and 1999 when he competed in the World Junior Championships as an International Master.


Simon has been a regular participant in many British events in the last two decades since 1993. He first played in the British Championship in 1993 when he was 13 years old and has competed in every British Championship since then (apart from 1996 and 2006). His best results have been =2nd behind Jonathan Rowson in the Smith & Williamson British Championships (2004); =3rd in British Championship (2008) behind Keith Arkell and Stuart Conquest, and =2nd in British Championship (2009), half point behind David Howell alongside Mark Hebden. He also played in the immensely powerful European Individual Championships in 2005, 2006 and 2007, his best result being in 2006 when he placed =10th.

Standard Tournaments

Simon won the following tournaments outright:

• the category 3 round robin Richmond Chess in Second in 1995, a full point ahead of Aaron Summerscale;

• Surrey Open 2006;

• Caterham Open 2008;

• Amersham International 2009 (England) ahead of Arkell and Hebden;

• Swiss Championship 2009;

• 2011 Surrey Open; and

• e2e4 Sunningdale Open 2011;

He was =1st at the following events:

• First Saturday IM in April 1995;

• the category 3 Newport invitational in 1998 alongside Richard A Bates;

• with Karl C C Mah at the category 3 Smith and Williamson Young Masters held in 1999;

• =1st with Brian Kelly at the Hampstead IM in 1999;

• =1st Swarzach Open 2004 in Austria;

• =1st Sunningdale Open 2010;

• =1st alongside Gawain Jones at 2010 London Classic Open 2010; and

• =1st at the e2e4 Sunningdale Easter International 2014 Premier.

Other good results include:

• =2nd at the Southend Open 2000 in London behind Mark Ferguson;

• 2nd at the category 7 First Saturday GM in September 2002;

• =5th at the 2003-04 Hastings Challengers;

• =5th with 7/10 at Hastings Masters 2005-06;

• =2nd Swiss Championship Open 2008 behind Mikhail Ulibin;

• =4th Hastings Masters 2008-09;

• =2nd London Classic Open with 7/9, a point behind Jon Ludvig Hammer;

Team Events

One of Simon’s earliest major team events was playing top board for England in the 1995 Children’s Olympiad, helping his team to place 4th. In 1996, he became a regular fixture in the Four Nations Chess League (4NCL - involving clubs competing from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland), and has competed in this annual event every year since then, up to and including the 4NCL (2012/13). He had his first taste of the European big league in 2006 when he played board 3 for the Hilsmark Kingfisher in the European Club Cup (2006). He also played top board for the Jutes of Kent team at the 28th European Club Cup (2012). He represented England in the Four Nations Chess Challenge of 2008, winning team silver in the competition that included Latvia, Norway and Sweden, and in the 17th European Team Championship (2009) when he played board 4.

Invitations to play in European national leagues flowed after he had won his Grandmaster title in 2007, and he has played in the Swiss Team Championship (2010), the Bundesliga South (2010-2012), the French Nationale since 2005, the French Top 12 in 2011 and 2013, and in the Icelandic Team Championship since 2011.

Simon also played board 3 for London City in the World Cities Team Championship (2012), winning through to the Round of 16 after winning through the first round against Al Ain, Lund City and Dhaka. In the Round of 16, London City bowed out to Athens.

Chessgames Challenge

English Grandmaster Simon Williams accepted an invitation to play against a World Team comprising members of Chessgames Challenge: S Williams vs The World, 2013. The game began on 16 September 2013 and finished on 19 January 2014, when Williams resigned.


Simon is the author of numerous chess books including Play The Classical Dutch; Improve Your Attacking Chess;. How To Crush Your Chess Opponents; The New Sicilian Dragon; How To Win At Chess – Quickly!; Dangerous Weapons: The Dutch; Attacking Chess: The French: A Dynamic Repertoire for Black; SOS – Secrets of Opening Surprises 13 – Chapter 3 – The Williams Anti-Grόnfeld Variation; and Secrets of Opening Surprises 14 – Chapter 4 – Kings Gambit: Tartakower Variation.

He also produced a range of instructional DVDs for a wide range of players that want to improve their chess. These DVDs include titles such as The Killer Dutch; The Killer French Part 1 (2010); The Killer French Part 2 (2010); Play Like Tal (2011); The Killer Dragon Part 1 (2011); and The Killer Dragon Part 2 (2011).

Simon studied philosophy and cognitive studies at Sussex University and taught chess in Surrey schools, including Cranleigh Prep, Cranleigh Main, St. Peters Farnham, St. Polycarps Farnham, William Cobbett Farnham and St. Thomas Guildford.

He is also a chess coach.


 page 1 of 62; games 1-25 of 1,545  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Williams vs R Antoniewski  ½-½501993EU-ch U14A13 English
2. G Surplys vs S Williams  1-0701993EU-ch U14C11 French
3. T Moroder vs S Williams  0-1441993EU-ch U14A07 King's Indian Attack
4. S Williams vs Y Hadas  0-1631993EU-ch U14A16 English
5. T Mifsud vs S Williams  1-0501993EU-ch U14C11 French
6. P Hopper vs S Williams  ½-½521993EU-ch U14C01 French, Exchange
7. S Williams vs L Csizmadia  0-1461993EU-ch U14A13 English
8. M Hrivnak vs S Williams  0-1351993EU-ch U14A96 Dutch, Classical Variation
9. S Williams vs B Leonard  1-0271993EU-ch U14A27 English, Three Knights System
10. S Williams vs A Hunt  0-1441993BCF-chA10 English
11. T Wall vs S Williams  1-0441993BCF-chC05 French, Tarrasch
12. S Williams vs A Summerscale  0-1401993BCF-chA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
13. R Bates vs S Williams  0-1391993BCF-chA99 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky Variation with b3
14. V Koshy vs S Williams  0-133199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA10 English
15. S Williams vs D King 0-124199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA10 English
16. N Rutter vs S Williams  0-137199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC01 French, Exchange
17. S Williams vs R Har-Zvi  0-134199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA16 English
18. T Spanton vs S Williams 1-019199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC11 French
19. D Bisby vs S Williams  ½-½18199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
20. M Dilley vs S Williams 0-130199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
21. S Williams vs K Murugan  0-126199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA13 English
22. M Ferguson vs S Williams  ½-½331994Aberdeen opC05 French, Tarrasch
23. S Williams vs L Krizsany  1-0341994Budapest FS02 IM-BA10 English
24. G Kern vs S Williams  ½-½561994Budapest FS07 IMA13 English
25. S Williams vs R van der Erf  1-0551994EU-ch U16A28 English
 page 1 of 62; games 1-25 of 1,545  PGN Download
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Premium Chessgames Member
  akiba82: I'm picking Simon Williams to win the 2015 British Championship even though he is only about #10 seed according to ratings.

Well, ratings are not everything! Williams beat #1 seed David Howell in their last encounter.

Anyone have any thoughts on this year's British Open?

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  wordfunph: "In general, there are so many players who leave strong impression. I remember playing one English guy who would always make catlike noises during the game; purr here, purr there. One time at Hastings I decided to make a little bark noise back, just to see his reaction. He jumped – like a cat."

- GM Simon Williams

Source: Chess Moves 2015 June

Aug-21-15  Pulo y Gata: <wordfunph> Made me laugh, that one. lol
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to Simon Kim Williams! Too bad he shares his birthday with a lot of other players. I wonder why.

(9 months ago)

Dec-16-15  seeminor: A nice win over Komodo 9.3 at pawn odds today from the ginger ninja
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  MichaelJHuman: I love this guy's youtube channel. He's barley a GM, but that's irrelevant. His commentary is irreverant but clear. He's even easier to follow than Jerry of chessnetwork ( who I find mostly easy to follow.) I am sure some people might even be offended by some stuff he says from time to time, but that makes him funny sometimes. I am pretty impressed he pulls off wins in 3 minute blitz while chatting away - that can't be easy to do. His habit of calling pawns by name, such as Harry the H pawn is great.
Jan-22-16  epistle: Another barley who I know is a GM is John, my compadre.
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  PhilFeeley: He should change his name from "Ginger GM" to Simon "slipperier than weasel poo on a doorknob" Williams. (He actually said that in a video analysis of Wei Yi vs. Bruzon.)
Oct-23-16  chessamateur: Love his youtube channel! You can feel his love and enthusiasm for chess even if he occasionally let's some minor verbal bombs fly.
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: He covers a game in his Master Method series on against Mark Hebden in a QG line where he just crushes Hebden. A search here will not turn up the game. records no win for Simon against Mark as black. Curious.

The game: Hebden-Williams (I don't know where or when - he didn't say)

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 e6 4. Bg5 dxc4 5. Nc3 c6 6. e4 b5 7. e5 h6 8. Bh4 g5 9. Nxg5 Nd5 (!?) 10. Nxf7 Qxh4 11. Nxh8 Bb4 12. Qd2 (?!) c5 13. dxc5 Nd7 14. Be2 Nxd5 15. 0-0 (?) Bb7 16. f4 (16. Rad1 Nf4 17. a3 Qh3!) Bc5+ 17. Kh1 Ne3 18. Bf3 (18a. exd5 Bxh2 18b. h3 Qg3 19.hxg4 Qh4#) Ng4 19. g3 Nxf3 20. gxh4 Nxd2 etc.

Check out the video:

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  offramp: It is no surprise to me that Williams has now grown a ridiculous fashion-victim beard.

You can see it at .

It goes well with his mockney accent!

Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: <offramp> Williams beard is effective: That silly grin, now masked by a veil of burnt orange sage, has given way to an air of complete seriousness.

He looks almost like a professor


Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: Missing this embarrassing loss (opponent unknown):

1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 0-0 6. e3 c6?! 7. Qc2 b6 8. h4 Nbd7 9. 0-0-0 Bb7 10. Ng5! Re8 11. e4 dxe4 12. Ncxe4 Nxe4 13. Qxe4 Nf8 14. Bb3 Qc8 15. Qf3 c5 16. Qh5 g6 17. Q6 Bf6 18. h5? (Be5) Bg7 19. hxg6 fxg6! 20. Bxg6? (Qh2) Bxh6 21. Bf7+ Kh8 22. Be5+ Bg7 23. Rxh7+ Nxh7 24. Rh1 Be4! 0-1 (25. Nxe4 Bxe5)

Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: Further to my Jul 5, 2017 post, Williams covers this game on his blog:

where he says the game was played at the Amersham Open. He covers it in much more detail there. He also covers it on his Master Method DVD.

Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: Missing game: Williams-L. Webb (2016). Not sure the tournament, as I can't find it in any external database.
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: Missing Williams - J. Rudd (2014), where Williams plays the Dutch reversed, beginning with 1. f4:

1. f4 d5 2. e3 c5 3. Nf3 g6 4. Bb5+ bd7 5. Be2 Nc6 6. 0-0 Bg7 7. d3 Nh6 8. e4 d4 9. Qe1 0-0 10. h3 f6 11. c3 e5 12. cxd cxd 13. fxe fxe 14. Bd1 Qe7 15. Bg5 Qd6 16. Na3 Nf7 17. Bb3 Re8 18. Nc4 Qb8 19. Na5 Be6 20. Nxc6 bxc6 21. Bxe6 Rxe6 22. Qc1 Nxg5 23. Nxg5 Rxf1+ 24. Kxf1 Rf6+ 25. Nf3 Qb5 26. Ke2 Bh6 27. Qc4+ Qxc4 28. dxc4 Bf4 29. Ne1 Kf7 30. Nd3 Ke6 31. Rf1 h5 32. Rf3 g5 33. Nf2 g4 34. hxg hxg 35. Ra3 Rf7 36. Ra6 Kd6 37. b4 Rb7 38. b5 Rb6 39. Rxb6 axb6 40. bxc6 g3 41. a4 1-0

It looks like a Bird's Opening (1. f4), but Williams calls it a Dutch reversed, because he does everything he would have done as black with the Dutch.

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  PhilFeeley: Missing the 2011 game between him and Sowray, where Williams blundered in a winning position into a stalemate.
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: I'd like to know the difference between the recent Killer Dutch:

and the earlier book, Play the Classical Dutch:

Why, for instance, is the second one not on your website?

Jun-09-18  john barleycorn: This guy get my ears bleeding:

Jun-10-18  sorrowstealer: noticed that ,his 'hissing'accent not so pleasant to hear.
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  PhilFeeley: It's getting difficult to trust Williams' analysis these days. He doesn't do well when he plays in tournaments anymore. Is his teaching (2 recent videos on the new Chessbase 186, plus all those on his own site) just for amateurs?
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  perfidious: If Williams were to suddenly have several outstanding performances, would his analysis thereby gain some degree of trustworthiness?

Reading this back is utterly risible.

Seems to that the man can still play a little--rather better than this humble commentator!

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  Domdaniel: <perf> You're quite right, as usual. The tendency on this site to criticize certain very strong players continues, and is as absurd as ever.

The 'critics', fortified by their tame engines, seem genuinely not to understand quite how far behind the GM level they are.

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  perfidious: <Dom>, in 1994 I was playing in Philadelphia and someone I knew from home had a copy of Fritz 2, which (I believe) was just a floppy disk or two. It occurred to me just how useful this could be to players, but never gave it much thought. This was at a time when Deep Blue was playing blitz events with top players and more than holding its own, a period which did not last overlong.
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  OhioChessFan: Best wishes on your birthday.
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