Daniel King’s Power Play Show: More from the great Yuri Averbakh

by Daniel King
6/17/2022 – In his "Power Play Show" Daniel King continues his tribute to Yuri Averbakh by looking at a game King played against Averbakh in 1990. To quote King: "He might have been past his prime, but he still gave me a lesson. It was a fascinating game and a privilege to play against a legend." | 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 great Yuri Averbakh (1922-2022)

Yuri Averbakh died on May 7, aged 100 years. His contribution to the world of chess cannot be underestimated. He was a distinguished player (twice Soviet Champion), trainer, opening theoretician, endgame expert, study composer, arbiter, chess politician, journalist — and I have probably missed something.

Here is a position from the game I played against Averbakh in New York 1990. Averbakh has ripped through the middle of the board,  scattering my forces to the corners of the board. What is the best way to  increase the advantage? White to play.


And here's another mate in two.


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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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.