Daniel King’s Power Play Show: Crucial rook and pawn technique

by Daniel King
7/10/2021 – In this Power Play Show, GM Daniel King looks at two games from the Goldmoney Asian Rapid tournament. Daniel did an excellent job commentating the games live, and uses two examples from the event to show how important it is to develop a good understanding of rook and pawn positions. | 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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Endgame technique

Take a look at this position from the Goldmoney Asian Rapid tournament. Magnus Carlsen had white against Wesley So. Here, the Filipino-born grandmaster went for 48...Kg6. But why didn't he play 48...Kg8? Can you find how Carlsen would hold the draw in this case? Instructive!


Another example from the same event. Vladislav Artemiev just erred with 48.e4. How could Ding have saved the game?


And here is a mate in two. Can you find the solution?


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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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