Daniel King’s Power Play Show: Capablanca v Lasker 1921

by Daniel King
4/2/2021 – In this Power Play Show, GM Daniel King looks at a game from the Capablanca-Lasker World Championship match played 100 years ago (give or take a few days)! | 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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Learning from the old masters

A hundred years ago, from March 15 to April 28, the historic 1921 World Chess Championship match between Lasker and Capablanca was played in Havana, Cuba. Conversations about organizing a match began in 1911, but the players could not agree on the terms. In the end, Capablanca won the match by a score of 9-5 (4 wins, 0 losses, 10 draws).

Today, I’ll look at the first win of the Cuban genius in the match, his victory with the white pieces in game 5.

Uncharacteristically, Capablanca has grabbed a hot pawn. What is the best way for Black to gain compensation?


First, let us check the study I set at the end of last week. White to play and mate in two.


And one by Henryk Grudzinski. White to play and mate in two.


This week

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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