Daniel King’s Power Play Show: Celebrating the play of Michael Basman

by Daniel King
11/4/2022 – This week, Daniel King analyses a game he played against Michael Basman, who recently passed away. True to his nature, Basman went for the ‘Creepy Crawly’, with 1...h6 and 2...a6! | 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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The Creepy Crawly

I am celebrating the play of Michael Basman, who died recently, by showing a game that we played in the British Championship in 1990. He played ‘The Creepy Crawly’ against me — 1...h6 and 2...a6, and I found myself under pressure straight from the opening!

It is hard to describe one’s emotions when facing a system such as this which appears to flout
basic opening ideas. Only someone as strong as Mike could get away with this.

Black to play and win.


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.

This week’s show

Previous shows

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.


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