Daniel King’s Power Play Show: The tactics of Hou Yifan

by Daniel King
11/20/2020 – In this Power Play Show, GM Daniel King takes a look at the play of Hou Yifan, currently the world's best women player. | 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: Hou Yifan after winning the Chess Festival Biel 2017 | Photo: Pascal Simon

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Hou Yifan

Daniel King: "To continue to mark the Netflix drama "The Queen’s Gambit’, I am featuring the play of Hou Yifan. One of her greatest sucesses was winning the Biel Grandmaster tournament in 2017, and I'm looking at a game she played in Biel against Rafael Vaganian as well as some of her smart tactical finishes.

Here's a warm-up: How did Hou Yifan finish the attack?


And there will another problem by Edith Baird (1859-1924), known in her day as "The Queen of Chess". She composed more than 2000 problems which were published in newspapers all over the world.

But first a a problem by the Austrian composer Sophie Schett (1836 - 1902):


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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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