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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: 1,494
Years covered: 1993 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2452 (2511 rapid, 2538 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2550

Overall record: +640 -398 =431 (58.2%)*
   * 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 (107) 
    A16 A10 A11 A18 A13
 Queen's Gambit Declined (73) 
    D37 D31 D38 D35 D39
 King's Indian (73) 
    E70 E73 E76 E92 E61
 English, 1 c4 e5 (52) 
    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 (223) 
    C05 C02 C18 C01 C00
 Dutch Defense (150) 
    A96 A84 A91 A90 A97
 Sicilian (118) 
    B70 B51 B22 B72 B23
 French Tarrasch (76) 
    C05 C03 C06 C04
 Queen's Pawn Game (57) 
    A40 A46 D02 E00 A41
 French Winawer (54) 
    C18 C16 C15 C17 C19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Williams vs M Simons, 1999 1-0
   I Sokolov vs S Williams, 2006 0-1
   S Williams vs Hebden, 2006 1-0
   J Gallagher vs S Williams, 2001 0-1
   S Bekker-Jensen vs S Williams, 2013 0-1
   R Wojtaszek vs S Williams, 2011 0-1
   Y Afek vs S Williams, 2008 0-1
   A Cooper vs S Williams, 1999 0-1
   S Williams vs M Gagunashvili, 2006 1/2-1/2
   S Williams vs A H Wohl, 2003 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Smith & Williamson British Championships (2004)
   British Championship (2009)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2009)
   British Championships (2015)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2006)
   British Chess Championships (2014)
   Amsterdam Chess Tournament (2005)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2007)
   83rd Hastings Chess Congress (2008)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2010)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   London Chess Classic Open (2016)
   London Chess Classic (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1999 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   Opening repertoire key games by chessbuzz
   Mating Net's Dutch Doozies by Mating Net
   Classical Dutch by kenilworthian
   1996 WYCC (open) U-18 by gauer
   Dutch Huisl for Black by prime rib
   French by Friedeggsof
   Dutch Disasters by Domdaniel
   Bowen Island Dutch Killer Dutch by Bowen Island

   H Melkumyan vs S Williams (Dec-18-16) 1-0, rapid
   S Williams vs A Istratescu (Dec-18-16) 0-1, rapid
   S Williams vs J Hawkins (Dec-17-16) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   S Williams vs D Sadzikowski (Dec-16-16) 0-1
   M Paszewski vs S Williams (Dec-15-16) 0-1

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(born Nov-30-1979, 37 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 60; games 1-25 of 1,494  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. S Williams vs R Har-Zvi  0-134 1993 Lloyds Bank op 17thA16 English
2. S Williams vs D King 0-124 1993 Lloyds Bank MastersA10 English
3. M Hrivnak vs S Williams  0-135 1993 EU-ch U14A96 Dutch, Classical Variation
4. R Bates vs S Williams  0-139 1993 BCF-chA99 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky Variation with b3
5. N Rutter vs S Williams  0-137 1993 Lloyds Bank op 17thC01 French, Exchange
6. S Williams vs B Leonard  1-027 1993 EU-ch U14A27 English, Three Knights System
7. S Williams vs K Murugan  0-126 1993 Lloyds Bank op 17thA13 English
8. S Williams vs R Antoniewski  ½-½50 1993 EU-ch U14A13 English
9. V Koshy vs S Williams  0-133 1993 Lloyds Bank op 17thA10 English
10. G Surplys vs S Williams  1-070 1993 EU-ch U14C11 French
11. M Dilley vs S Williams 0-130 1993 Lloyds Bank op 17thA40 Queen's Pawn Game
12. T Moroder vs S Williams  0-144 1993 EU-ch U14A07 King's Indian Attack
13. S Williams vs A Hunt  0-144 1993 BCF-chA10 English
14. S Williams vs Y Hadas  0-163 1993 EU-ch U14A16 English
15. D Bisby vs S Williams  ½-½18 1993 Lloyds Bank op 17thA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
16. T Mifsud vs S Williams  1-050 1993 EU-ch U14C11 French
17. T Wall vs S Williams  1-044 1993 BCF-chC05 French, Tarrasch
18. P Hopper vs S Williams  ½-½52 1993 EU-ch U14C01 French, Exchange
19. T Spanton vs S Williams 1-019 1993 Lloyds Bank op 17thC11 French
20. S Williams vs L Csizmadia  0-146 1993 EU-ch U14A13 English
21. S Williams vs A Summerscale  0-140 1993 BCF-chA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
22. S Williams vs D Tebb  0-140 1994 BCF-ch 81stA10 English
23. S Williams vs V Uvarov  0-147 1994 EU-ch U16A16 English
24. S Williams vs I Tornai  ½-½53 1994 Budapest FS02 IM-BA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
25. A Leroy vs S Williams  1-042 1994 Budapest FS07 IMA91 Dutch Defense
 page 1 of 60; games 1-25 of 1,494  PGN Download
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Jan-28-14  SimonWebbsTiger: Here is hoping Simon is stocked up on £1 coins for his bets with Irina Krush. He seemed to lose a few last year during the commentary sessions...!
Feb-24-14  waustad: He's playing now in the 6th Batavian Chess Tournament. He's now 0.5 off the pace with 2.5/4. One interesting feature so far is the Sipke Ernst is the highest rated layer in the tournament and is in last place with 1/4. There are 5 more rounds to go, so a lot could change.
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  cro777: Ginger GM at the Cafι Batavia in Amsterdam.

In the last round of the 6th Batavia Chess Tournament Simon missed a nice win against Romanian WGM Alina L'Ami (2398), a "chess player, photographer, gypsy, correspondent, wife of GM Erwin L'Ami and more".

Simon Williams - Alina L'Ami. Position after 32.Nf4

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White to move. Mate in 5.

The game continued

33. Rxg7+ Kxg7 34. Nf5+? (34.Bf8+! Kxf8 35.Qf6+ Ke8 36.Kf7+ Kd8 37.Qd7#) gxf5 35. Qe7+ Kh8 36. Qf6+ Kh7 37. Qxf5+ Ng6 38. Qf7+ Kh8 39. Kh2 Qc1 Draw

The GM tournament was held with a "singular combination of good cheer and hard-fought competition". Simon tied for 3rd scoring 5/9.

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  cro777: Simon Williams: "I am such a patzer missing this mate in 4. Blaming it on the 'purple haze' downstairs."
Mar-02-14  john barleycorn: <cro777> it has to be 36.Qf7+ in the variant starting with 34.Bf8+.

However, what can you expect playing at a coffeeshop in Amsterdam??? :-)

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  cro777: <john barleycorn: it has to be 36.Qf7+ in the variant starting with 34.Bf8+>

Of course. The winning line is

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34.Bf8+! (anything else leads to a draw) Kxf8 35.Qf6+ Ke8 36.Qf7+ Kd8 37.Qd7#

I have no excuse for this typo. I was not at the venue to enjoy its "relaxed atmosphere that is hard to imitate".

How much a person is able to convey with just a facial expression?

"I am such a patzer", Simon said after the game.

Mar-02-14  john barleycorn: <cro777:"I am such a patzer", Simon said after the game.> Tell him to stay away from the cheap weed and genever...
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  PhilFeeley: Simon on the King's Gambit. Strange it doesn't show up as one of his openings:

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  GrahamClayton: One of my favourite current players, not only for his interesting and unique playing style, but also for his ability to have a laugh at his own expense, and not taking the game too seriously.
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  MissScarlett: <Surry Open> I'm sure this should be Surrey.
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  HeMateMe: Every time I see this guys name, I think of Kim Simmons, front man for the British electric blues band, Savoy Brown.


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  PhilFeeley: Simon didn't do so well on the Isle of Man this year:

Maybe it was the cold that went around.

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  Penguincw: Happy 35th birthday to GM Simon Kim Williams!
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  OhioChessFan: Happy Birthday and best wishes for the holiday season.
Jan-29-15  Tomlinsky: Simon Williams Fun Fact: Simon's oldest brother, Tony, once held Anatoly Karpov to a draw in a simul.
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  Penguincw: Simon Kim Williams recently played a game on ICC, where he had white against an IM. The time controls were "5 0 r 5-minute" (whatever that means). He won in 39 moves via. resignation (well, black was low on time as well).

His handle on ICC is "Psycho-Cowboy", and as one can imagine, he went for a "psycho" opening: 1.d4 d5 2.h4.

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  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
Jan-22-16  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.
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