Daniel King’s Power Play Show: Beautiful blunders with the King's Gambit

by Daniel King
1/20/2023 – In his new Power Play Show Daniel King takes a look at the King's Gambit, which was tried in an interesting game in the Wijk aan Zee Challengers tournament. King, who authored two ChessBase courses about the King's Gambit, was fascinated and astonished. | 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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The King's Gambit

Daniel King: "The King's Gambit struck again in the Tata Steel Challengers. Amin Tabatabaei played one of the many 'refutations' but was still caught in a sly trap. If only he had watched my King's Gambit DVDs (27 & 28)...

Yet having gone a piece down, the adventures began."

Black to play. How would you respond to White's threat to take on d6?


White to play. White is a piece up, but what is the best way to consolidate the advantage? What is the best  square for the queen? Calculation required!


And here's another two-mover.


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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