Daniel King’s Power Play Show: Deadly Nepo

by Daniel King
12/18/2020 – In this Power Play Show, GM Daniel King takes a look at a powerful victory by Ian Nepomniachtchi, who recently won the Russian Championship in Moscow. Daniel also sets up another mate-in-two for you to solve, this time by André Chéron, a three-time French champion who was also an endgame theorist. | Power Play is on air most Fridays at 17:00 UTC (18:00 CET, 13:00 ET). All the usual puzzles, games and instruction will be on offer. | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

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A two-time Russian champion

Plenty of exciting chess was seen at the recent Russian Superfinals, so much so that “Game of the Week” host Merijn van Delft changed his mind at the last minute as Daniil Dubov was about to score a fantastic win over Sergey Karjakin while he was starting to record the show.

Luckily for Daniel King, Van Delft’s original choice was also a brilliant encounter. In it, the now two-time Russian champion took down Andrey Esipenko’s Petroff Defence. ‘Nepo’ gave up a piece for an attack and then showed great precision to convert his advantage into a full point. 

Can you find Nepomniachtchi’s continuation in the following position? How should White pursue the attack?


At the start of the show, King shows the solution to last week’s problem by Odette Vollenweider. At the end, the English grandmaster presents a new one for all viewers to solve, this one by André Chéron, a French theorist who established rules in some types of rook endgames and was named a FIDE International Master of Chess Composition in 1959, the first year the title was awarded.

Here is this week’s problem: White to play and mate in 2.


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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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