Daniel King’s Power Play Show: Chaos, but still classical

by Daniel King
9/4/2021 – In this week’s show, GM Daniel King takes a look at a remarkable game from the Aimchess US Rapid, one in which Magnus Carlsen employed a modern approach right from the get go. | 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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Modern chess

Even among the very best in the world, chess has turned into a sharper, more unpredictable game. The game Magnus Carlsen vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave from the Aimchess US Rapid tournament kicked off with 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.h4 c5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 — can you predict the world champion’s next move?


And here’s a mate in two, published back in 1896:


Power Play 20: Test Your Attacking Chess

Grandmaster Daniel King presents ten exemplary attacking performances. At key moments he stops and asks you to play a move. King then gives feedback on the most plausible continuations. It’s the next best thing to having your own personal trainer!

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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W. S. King - Sydney Morning Herald 1896: 1. Bf2
If 1. ... Ke5, then 2. Qxb8#
If 1. ... Rxc5, then 2. Nf7#
If 1. ... e5, then 2. Rc6#
If 1. ... Kxc5, then 2. Ne4#
If 1. ... Bc7, then 2. Qxc7#
If 1. ... Rxc3, then 2. Nf7#
If 1. ... Re5, then 2. Rc6#
If 1. ... Rf5, then 2. Ne4#