Daniel King’s Power Play Show: Catch the King!

by Daniel King
10/29/2021 – In this week’s show, GM Daniel King looks at ways to catch the enemy king, and shows how Maxime Vachier-Lagrave failed to do so in a recent Bundesliga game, which Daniel featured the previous week. More successful in his efforts to catch the enemy king was Vassily Smyslov in a game of his Candidate Match against Zoltan Ribli in 1983. | 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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To get in the mood, here's the warm-up: The position below is from a game between Gabor Papp and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. It's Black to play. What did "MVL" miss in this position?


Here’s the position from Smyslov vs. Ribli, Candidate Match (Semifinals) London 1983. It's White to move.


And here's another two-mover:



Power Play 13 - The squeeze

What is a squeeze? When you take control of a game, deprive your opponent of counterplay and slowly squeeze the life out of your opponent. The motto of the squeeze could be: “To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.” from The Art of War, Sun Tzu, Chinese general, born c. 500 BC This DVD will help you to recognise when a squeeze is possible and how to execute it.

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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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