Daniel King’s Power Play Show: Pragg knows the secret too

by Daniel King
9/15/2023 – In his new Power Play Show, GM Daniel King shares his insights on Praggnanandhaa’s ability to use one of Magnus Carlsen’s favourite strategies: playing an early Bg5 to provoke ...g5. | 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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Last week I highlighted one of Magnus Carlsen’s favourite strategies: playing an early Bg5 to provoke ...g5, and then looking to exploit the weaknesses created by this advance.

Looking at Praggnanandhaa’s games from the recent Tata Steel Rapid & Blitz, I noticed he was employing a very similar strategy, this time in the Giuoco Piano. Let’s see how he fared...

Pragg used the strategy in his game with white against Vidit.

With the knight on the outpost, Teimour Radjabov looks to have a strong position. How did Pragg fight back?

And here’s a two-mover.

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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