Daniel King’s Power Play Show: Grand strategy from the old school

by Daniel King
7/1/2022 – In his "Power Play Show" Daniel King examines a classical game between Alexander Alekhine and Fred Yates, in which the former world champion dominated his opponent by taking control of the open file and the dark squares. He also looks at a similar game from 1972 featuring the great Yuri Averbakh. | 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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Long-term goals

Overarching strategy — that could be the theme of the two games I am examining. First a classic, Alekhine vs Yates (London 19229. Well known, but always worth a look.

White to play and dominate.


There is a certain similarity between that and an old game I discovered in the database: Averbakh vs Hug (Palma de Mallorca 1972). It deserves to be better known.

White to play. Anything spring to mind?


And here’s a mate in two.


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.