Daniel King’s Power Play Show: Devilish stalemate ideas

by Daniel King
3/19/2021 – In this Power Play Show, GM Daniel King looks at contemporary games in which one of the players swiftly escapes from defeat by using devilish ideas. Daniel also looks at how theory has developed in the Spanish Steinitz variation. | 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.

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The Spanish Steinitz variation

First I’m looking at some devilish stalemate ideas seen in recent games from the Magnus Carlsen Invitational. Then I’m going back into one of those games and looking at how theory has developed in the Spanish Steinitz variation.

Let’s start with three warm-up questions. Try your best!

First, one from the Carlsen Invitational. Black to play and draw:


Can you find what is the best way for Black to cope with White's devilish idea?


And a study by Van der Steeg. White to play and draw:


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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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