Daniel King’s Power Play Show: Elegant Endgames

by Daniel King
2/12/2021 – In this Power Play Show, GM Daniel King looks at two elegant endgames, one from the Tata Steel Tournament in Wijk aan Zee and one from the Opera Euro Rapid Online Tournament. | 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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Elegant endgames

In this position Black played 46...Ka3 and the game ended in a draw. But why did the king back off? Why not 46...Bf1?


The following position occurred in a game between Daniil Dubov and Magnus Carlsen in the quarterfinals of the Opera Euro Rapid Tournament.

How did Dubov win from this position?


And here's a fine study:


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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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