Daniel King’s Power Play Show: Tricks with rooks and pawns

by Daniel King
8/19/2022 – In his Power Play Show, Daniel King finds inspiration in a game from the Women’s Olympiad. Tournament sensation Oliwia Kiolbasa defeated Indian rising star Vaishali after converting her advantage in a fascinating rook endgame. This is the starting point for a discussion with related games. | 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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Learning rook endgames - a must

India’s Vaishali had the black pieces against Poland’s Oliwia Kiolbasa in a crucial round-9 game from the Women’s Olympiad in Chennai. 

Can you find the simplest way for Black to draw this position?


Another example with White having an extra pawn on the a-file. What is White’s threat? How can Black draw?


And a mate-in-two problem first published in 1890.


Power Play 27 and 28 - The King's Gambit and Tactic Toolbox

Glorious sacrifices, unexpected tactics and checkmating attacks. The King's Gambit is one of the oldest and most romantic openings in the game of chess. These DVDs contain all you need to know to play the King's Gambit.

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You’ll find older broadcasts in the Power Play category. To watch these you’ll need a ChessBase Premium Account.

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.