Daniel King’s Power Play Show: An exemplary endgame by Wei Yi

by Daniel King
1/8/2021 – In this Power Play Show, GM Daniel King takes a look at an exemplary endgame by Chinese Grandmaster Wei Yi. A game that should be added to the long list of textbook positional performances. | Power Play is on air most Fridays at 17:00 UTC (18:00 CET, 13:00 ET). All the usual puzzles, games and instruction will be on offer.

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An fine endgame by Wei Yi

The Chinese Grandmaster Wei Yi was born June 2, 1999, and became a Grandmaster at the age of 13 years, 8 months and 23 days, the fifth youngest in history. At the moment, Wei Yi is the youngest player ever to reach a rating of 2700 – he did so at the age of 15.

With a current rating of 2732 Wei Yi is number 23 on the world ranking list, and he enjoys the reputation of being a dangerous attacking player. No wonder, when you look at his most famous game, his win against Lazaro Bruzon in Danzhou 2015.


But today's show will prove that Wei Yi can also play the endgame well.

Here's a warm-up with some essential endgame technique: what would you play here with White?


This week’s problem is by Pal Benko: White to play and mate in 2.


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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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