Daniel King’s Power Play Show: Nepo plays the King's Gambit

by Daniel King
12/31/2021 – On the last day of 2021, GM Daniel King looks at games from the World Blitz Championship, including two fascinating King’s Gambits played by Ian Nepomniachtchi and a fabulous queen sacrifice by Levon Aronian. Happy New Year! | 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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Daniel King looks at some games from the World Blitz Championship, including two fascinating King’s Gambits played by Ian Nepomniachtchi. He faced two variations that have an excellent reputation for Black, and defeated both with a couple of tricky ideas.

He also examines a brilliant game by Levon Aronian against Jan-Krzysztof Duda, in which the former sacrificed his queen!

White threatens winning material. How did Aronian skilfully get out of his difficulties?


You can first try your hand with the following mate-in-2 problem!


Happy New Year!

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.


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