Daniel King's Power Play Show: Caruana surprises Carlsen

by Daniel King
10/16/2020 – In this Power Play Show Grandmaster Daniel King looks at the game Fabiano Caruana and Magnus Carlsen played in round 7 of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament. Caruana came up with a strong novelty in the Rossolimo Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5) that put Carlsen under pressure. | Power Play is on air most Fridays at 17:00 UK (18:00 CEST, 11:00 EST) on playchess.com. All the usual puzzles, games and instruction will be on offer. | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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A novelty in the Rossolimo

Daniel King: "Fabiano Caruana managed to catch out Magnus Carlsen in the opening of their game at the Norway Chess tournament. The World Champion found himself an hour behind on the clock and with a tricky position to defend. I take a close look at the opening in the light of Caruana's opening novelty and discuss why this line of 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 has come back into fashion for White.

Apart from that, there is a problem composed by Paul Keres and a study by Grigoriev to test your calculating skills."

To get into the mood, here's a little warm-up: White to play


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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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