Daniel King’s Power Play Show: A trendy gambit in the Giuoco Piano

by Daniel King
3/25/2022 – In this week’s edition of the Power Play Show, GM Daniel King focuses on a gambit line of the Italian Opening that has caught the attention of elite players. To illustrate his ideas, King analyses a spectacular game, in which White’s strategy paid off beautifully. | 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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Going for the throat

This week, I look at a trendy gambit in the Giuoco Piano: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nbd2, which has caught the attention of a few strong players recently: Mamedyarov, Dubov and even Caruana.

In a spectacular game between Jorden van Foreest and David Navara, White’s strategy paid off beautifully. What is White’s best continuation in the following position?


In another instructive game from the Charity Cup, Navara had two far-advanced central passers against Eric Hansen. But which one should he push first in this position?


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.

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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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