Danny King: Power Play 12 – The Hedgehog

1/29/2010 – You know him from the live commentary of Wijk aan Zee on Playchess. Grandmaster Daniel King has been a professional chess player for more than twenty years. At the same time he has distinguished himself as a coach, helping many of England‘s younger generation to achieve their potential. He can help you too, with his popular Power Play DVDs, of which there are now a dozen.

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Power Play 12 – The Hedgehog

By Daniel King

The Hedgehog is not just an opening, it is a system. A system that can be used against 1.c4, against 1.e4 and also 1.d4. Some players, such as the Swedish Grandmaster Ulf Andersson, appear to play very little else with black. Black’s pieces curl up behind a row of pawns on the third rank and invite White to attack – at which point they spring out from behind the barricades to give the aggressor a nasty shock. The Hedgehog can easily transform into a tiger... This is modern chess.

Karpov was one of the first great exponents of the counter-attacking Hedgehog, Kasparov was also a great devotee and Kramnik and Anand are also experienced users. This DVD not only gives you specific theoretical advice on the main Hedgehog lines, but also looks at general strategy for both sides. Whether you play with White or Black, this DVD will help your game. Throughout the DVD, specially selected positions will enable you to test your understanding of the subject. The Power Play series is suitable for anyone looking to improve their chess, but also provides ready-made lessons and exercises for a trainer. Video running time: 5 hours.

Grandmaster Daniel King has been a professional chess player for more than twenty years. During that time he has represented his country on many occasions, including an historic match victory over the Soviet Union in Reykjavik, 1990. At the same time he has distinguished himself as a coach, helping many of England‘s younger generation to achieve their potential. Besides his chess career, he has built up a reputation as a commentator on television, radio and the internet. He is also an award-winning author of more than 15 books.

Power Play 1: Mating Patterns
Power Play 2: Attacking the king

Power Play 3: Pawn storm
Power Play 4: Start Right
Power Play 5 - Pawns

Power Play 6 - Pawns, Pieces & Plans
Power Play 7 - Improve your pieces
Power Play 8 - Knights and Bishops
Power Play 9 - major pieces vs. minor pieces
Power Play 10 - Calculation
Power Play 11 - Defence  

‘The PowerPlay DVD series by GM Daniel King is one of the most successful chess instruction tools today.’ – New In Chess (Shop)

This Fritztrainer also runs on Pocket Fritz 3 and Pocket PocketFritz 4!

System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

29.99 € incl. VAT
25.20 € without VAT (for Customers outside the European Union)
36.54 $ (without VAT)

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Live Wijk aan Zee commentary on Playchess

The games of the current Wijk aan Zee tournament are being broadcast live on Playchess. Anyone who uses Fritz 12 to log into the server will appreciate the new features, like the following:

In the broadcast room the different events are listed as separate tournaments. Click one if the tournaments and the games that are being broadcast are displayed below, so you can load any that is of interest.

If you double-click the tournament all the games – or at least the eight most important – all the are loaded in one window. You can start an analysis engine, which follows any board you click. Naturally all boards are kept up-to-date as the moves come in.


Live audio commentary today was by GM Daniel King, who discussed the games with the kibitzers


Playchess (and ChessBase Magazine) commentator GM Daniel King

During the Wijk aan Zee tournament there are usually over 7000 members online on Playchess.com. Each dot on the map represents a player and his or her place of residence – the dots in the middle of the ocean are people who have not given their location correctly, or have entered weird geo coordinates.


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