Daniel King's Games of the Round at Zurich

by Albert Silver
4/16/2017 – With so much great chess, and it is hard to keep up. As you probably know already, Daniel King has been providing live commentary of the games in Zurich. What you may not know, is that he has also been producing a commented Game of the Round video. Short and sweet, here are the first five. Enjoy!

Power Play 20: Test Your Attacking Chess Power Play 20: Test Your Attacking Chess

Grandmaster Daniel King presents ten exemplary attacking performances. At key moments he stops and asks you to play a move. King then gives feedback on the most plausible continuations. It’s the next best thing to having your own personal trainer!


Round one - Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Peter Svidler

Ian Nepomniachtchi uncorked powerful preparation and could’ve won under 20 moves. However, he let things slip, and after Svidler’s 18…g5! the game got complicated.


Round two - Viswanathan Anand vs Yannick Pelletier

Yannick Pelletier got a decent, complicated position out of opening against Viswanathan Anand, but got a little passive and then Vishy was on to him like a Tiger catching a deer. You can see Anand showing his claws to the Swiss before the game even began. Yannick should have taken a hint...


Round three - Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Viswanathan Anand

A very lively game that kept a strong double-edged nature well into the endgame. Not for the faint of heart.


Round four - Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Boris Gelfand

Ian Nepomniachtchi faces a very aggressive and active Boris Gelfand, and Daniel King starts the game after the swords have already been drawn and a few test swipes made upon which a wonderful strategic battle ensues.


Round five - Hikaru Nakamura vs Ian Nepomniachtchi

It was vintage Nakamura, who exploited a single innacuracy by Ian Nepomniachtchi to send the Russian packing. A lesson on how to exploit an advantage with minimal effort.


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Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications, and the content creator of the YouTube channel, Chess & Tech.


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