Daniel King’s Power Play Show: Novotnys, stalemates, Carlsen squeezes

by Daniel King
12/9/2022 – This week, Daniel King presents a mix of attractive themes: Novotnys, stalemates, and an endgame squeeze (by none other than Magnus Carlsen). What more could you want? | Power Play is on air most Fridays. Watch it on-demand with a ChessBase Premium account. All the usual puzzles, games and instruction will be on offer.

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Against the odds

This is special. Black to play and survive against the odds! Black is able to combine two of my favourite themes: the Novotny and stalemate.


Magnus Carlsen was on scintillating form in the Mr. Dodgy Blitz Tournament. He squeezed a win beautifully from this position, but he could have done better at this point. Which move gives White a clear advantage?


And now just a normal checkmate in two. White to play.


Power Play 27 and 28 - The King's Gambit and Tactic Toolbox

Glorious sacrifices, unexpected tactics and checkmating attacks. The King's Gambit is one of the oldest and most romantic openings in the game of chess. These DVDs contain all you need to know to play the King's Gambit.

This week’s show

Previous shows

You’ll find older broadcasts in the Power Play category. To watch these you’ll need a ChessBase Premium Account.

Daniel King is the prolific author of the Power Play series which numbers 28 volumes to date.  The Tactic Turbo for the King’s Gambit is the subject of his most recent DVD.

Here’s a teaser:

Power Play 28: Tactic Toolbox King's Gambit

Daniel King presents 50 puzzle positions in video format, all arising from the King's Gambit. They feature typical tactics from the opening, so this is a great way of becoming familiar with the tricks and traps that you can set your opponent.


Daniel King is a regular on playchess.com. Commentating on live events such as the World Championship or analysing themes for his monthly Power Play Show. He also produces a DVD series called Power Play for ChessBase in the Fritztrainer format.


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