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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: 1,648
Years covered: 1993 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2464 (2497 rapid, 2468 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2550
Overall record: +697 -426 =472 (58.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 53 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (114) 
    A16 A10 A11 A13 A18
 Queen's Gambit Declined (80) 
    D37 D31 D38 D35 D39
 King's Indian (79) 
    E70 E73 E76 E92 E61
 Slav (54) 
    D15 D17 D10 D16 D11
 English, 1 c4 e5 (51) 
    A29 A27 A28 A21 A26
 Queen's Pawn Game (48) 
    A45 E10 D02 A46 A40
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (239) 
    C05 C02 C18 C01 C11
 Dutch Defense (155) 
    A96 A84 A91 A90 A97
 Sicilian (132) 
    B70 B51 B25 B22 B50
 French Tarrasch (81) 
    C05 C03 C04
 Queen's Pawn Game (58) 
    A40 A46 D02 E00 A50
 French Winawer (54) 
    C18 C16 C15 C17 C19
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Wojtaszek vs S Williams, 2011 0-1
   I Sokolov vs S Williams, 2006 0-1
   S Williams vs M Hebden, 2006 1-0
   J Gallagher vs S Williams, 2001 0-1
   S Williams vs M Simons, 1999 1-0
   D Dumitrache vs S Williams, 2003 0-1
   S Williams vs Z Zhao, 1999 1-0
   S Williams vs D Guthrie, 2017 1-0
   Y Afek vs S Williams, 2008 0-1
   E Agrest vs S Williams, 2004 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   London Chess Classic FIDE Open (2010)
   British Championship (2004)
   British Championship (2009)
   Hastings 2008/09 (2009)
   Hastings 2019/20 (2019)
   British Championship (2015)
   British Championship (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2009)
   British Championship (2010)
   Liverpool Open (2007)
   British Championship (1998)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   Hastings 2007/08 (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Hastings 2009/10 (2009)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Williams' Killer Dutch (From Pawn and Fred) by kenilworthian
   Williams' Killer Dutch (From Pawn and Fred) by doug27
   Williams' Killer Dutch (From Pawn and Fred) by Par72g
   99 Williams' Killer Dutch by Pawn N Hand Jack by fredthebear
   Dutch Classical Music to FTB's Ears don by fredthebear
   Dutch defense - classical by heuel
   The Dutch Defense by Patca63
   Wiliams' Killer Dutch by Pawn N Hand
   1999 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   the killer Dutch by adelicategenius
   Classical Dutch by kenilworthian
   French defense - advance by heuel
   1F repertoire key games Stan by fredthebear
   Opening repertoire key games by JoseTigranTalFischer

   🏆 Reykjavik Open
   D Fitzsimons vs S Williams (Apr-04-23) 1/2-1/2
   S Williams vs B Dieu (Apr-03-23) 1-0
   A Kunz vs S Williams (Apr-02-23) 0-1
   J Cornelisse vs S Williams (Apr-01-23) 0-1
   S Williams vs Sahithi Varshini M (Apr-01-23) 0-1

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(born Nov-30-1979, 44 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 British Championship (2004) =3rd in British Championship (2008) behind Keith Arkell and Stuart C 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 Vitalyevich 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 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-Grünfeld 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.


Wikipedia article: Simon Williams (chess player)

Last updated: 2019-07-21 06:22:25

 page 1 of 66; games 1-25 of 1,648  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Williams vs B Leonard  1-0271993EU-ch U14A27 English, Three Knights System
2. G Surplys vs S Williams  1-0701993EU-ch U14C11 French
3. P Hopper vs S Williams  ½-½521993EU-ch U14C01 French, Exchange
4. S Williams vs Y Hadas  0-1631993EU-ch U14A16 English
5. M Hrivnak vs S Williams  0-1351993EU-ch U14A96 Dutch, Classical Variation
6. T Mifsud vs S Williams  1-0501993EU-ch U14C11 French
7. T Moroder vs S Williams  0-1441993EU-ch U14A07 King's Indian Attack
8. S Williams vs R Antoniewski  ½-½501993EU-ch U14A13 English
9. S Williams vs L Csizmadia  0-1461993EU-ch U14A13 English
10. C McNab vs S Williams  1-0401993British ChampionshipA10 English
11. R Bates vs S Williams 0-1391993British ChampionshipA99 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky Variation with b3
12. S Williams vs A Summerscale  0-1401993British ChampionshipA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
13. F N Stephenson vs S Williams  ½-½801993British ChampionshipA80 Dutch
14. T Wall vs S Williams 1-0441993British ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
15. S Williams vs A Hunt  0-1441993British ChampionshipA10 English
16. V Koshy vs S Williams  0-133199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA10 English
17. S Williams vs D King 0-124199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA10 English
18. N Rutter vs S Williams  0-137199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC01 French, Exchange
19. S Williams vs R Har-Zvi  0-134199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA16 English
20. T Spanton vs S Williams 1-019199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC11 French
21. D Bisby vs S Williams  ½-½18199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
22. M Dilley vs S Williams 0-130199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
23. M Dilley vs S Williams  0-130199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
24. S Williams vs K Murugan  0-126199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA13 English
25. N Pert vs S Williams  1-0801994Aberdeen opA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
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Sep-01-19  spingo:
"For a fish he does staunch
From his eyelids to his haunch."

A fish's eyelids are the two lachrymal sacs located above saltwater fishes' eyes

Oct-19-19  polecateddy: Perhaps the net is slowly closing in. His partner in crime, IM Gary Quillan was just banned from being a company director for 12 years. The Ginger GM could be next for the chop!
Oct-25-19  smendel: Polecateddy: I read that too. So disappointing -- Williams was one of my favourite vloggers.
Dec-16-19  polecateddy: Part of a longer statement released today by Simon Williams’; ‘It is disappointing that some people who do not know me and have no knowledge of the situation have repeatedly and publicly attacked me here and elsewhere, creating outlandish conclusions based on faulty, missing or entirely erroneous knowledge. I made a mistake, and now I am trying to carry on by making positive contributions within the world of chess and in both my personal and professional life.’
Jul-04-20  Rubberneck: Been watching Simon’s lectures/videos about openings in (I’m HiYaNorton on that site). He has helped me tremendously in that he is thorough & simplifies what could be a total mystery to this prodigal grandpa. Check him out. The Ginger GM is captivating to say the least.
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  OhioChessFan: Been watching a couple of his speed run videos on YouTube. Really good stuff. Clear, simple explanations for what's going on.
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  OhioChessFan: "Premature attackulation is a problem many adults have."
Aug-20-21  Bartleby: Simon Williams is my favorite chess vlogger, streamer, whatever you want to call it. A great combination of chess, boozing, irreverence and pedagogical commentating on various themes during a game. He's a creative and inspiring attacker, very much in similar vein to British GM Julian M Hodgson before him, and similarly explores off-the-beaten path opening terra incognita, whilst also willing to play very sharp & highly theoretical Dragons/Nadjorfs on the black side.

Great teacher too, and makes a lot of ideas more accessible in an engaging way a lot of stronger GMs lack. I bought a number of his teaching vids, including a couple of his "Dee Vee Dees," as fans cheekily call them.

Love his "Title Tuesday" streams, and he also has a boatload of free content just published on his YouTube channel. He made me a classical Dutch and Budapest player for life, and he has interesting ideas on the venerable Philidor...though I still can't bring myself to play the French. Sorry Simon!

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  MissScarlett: His voice grates after a while….like about 10 seconds….Americans probably think he sounds like Dick Van Dyke in <Mary Poppins>.
Jul-22-22  against: get in there son
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  MissScarlett: Ginger MP:
Apr-01-23  dehanne: Does he have Korean roots?
Sep-26-23  EvanTheTerrible: "The Deputy Pensions Ombudsman upheld the complaints, finding that Mr Williams and Focus had committed multiple breaches of trust and, alongside Brambles, many acts of maladministration, which have caused the loss of Scheme funds and have severely impacted Scheme members’ pensions. Mr Williams has been directed to repay £738,768.60 into the Scheme; and Mr Williams and Brambles to pay each applicant £6,000 in recognition of the distress and inconvenience."

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Evan,

Maybe Simon should find out where Ding Liren is holed up and shack up with him till this thing blows over. (The Hibs centre forward is in the same place, he has been posted missing since the start of the season.)

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  offramp: Zippin up mah boots,/
Do he have dem Korean roots?
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  MissScarlett: Kim is short for Kimball, a name with Welsh roots.

£800K is quite a lot of Chessable courses.

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  keypusher: From the link:

<The investments made with the Scheme funds were generally in companies that: had only been incorporated a short while before the investments were made; had been trading at a loss; and/or were companies in which one or more of Mr Williams’ associates had an interest. Many of the underlying property assets or development projects were geographically concentrated around Liverpool and Northern England.

One of the investments involved the purchase of office pods and was structured on paper to result in a capital gain payment for the member. However, this was a sophisticated pension liberation scheme which involved back-to-back property transactions, not registered with the Land Registry, and the capital gain payment was paid from the member’s pension fund. >

From Wikipedia:

<In the United Kingdom, pension liberation is a term used by confidence tricksters that purports to allow individuals to access the funds within a pension before the age of 55 when permission has not been provided by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).>

Oct-02-23  polecateddy: Here’s the earlier version of the scheme where Williams’ SKW company wasn’t in the hot seat;
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  MissScarlett: Would it be fair to characterise Simon's (alleged) involvement in this tale as that of willing dupe/useful idiot?
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  Sally Simpson: released this yesterday.

Simon is making an appeal regarding the first finding. Hopefully this will resolve in his favour soon.

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  Check It Out: I like Simon. I hope he gets through this.
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  MissScarlett: I hope the people who lost money get some of it back.
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  Check It Out: 800,000 give or take

That's a mortgage on a mansion without the house. Not to mention, as <MS> succinctly pointed out, the victims who lost their pensions.

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  MissScarlett: In 2021, according to the PlayMagnus annual report for that year, they paid $272,000 for the rights to the <GingerGm> company/brand. PlayMagnus were, in turn, swallowed by in 2022.

<>, on the other hand, has maintained i) its independence and ii) its spartan design.

Oct-29-23  Muttley101: <MissScarlett: Would it be fair to characterise Simon's (alleged) involvement in this tale as that of willing dupe/useful idiot?> No.
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