Daniel King's Power Play Show: Strategic foresight

by Daniel King
9/21/2020 – In this Power Play Show Grandmaster Daniel King looks at a tense strategic battle from the recent Bundesliga Championship, Michael Adams (pictured) vs Vincent Keymer, that culminated in an explosion of tactics. | Power Play is on air most Fridays at 17:00 UK (18:00 CEST, 11:00 EST) on playchess.com. All the usual puzzles, games and instruction will be on offer. | Photo: Ray Morris-Hill

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Strategic foresight

The OSG Baden-Baden won the Bundesliga Championship in Karlsruhe to become German Team Champion 2020. Top scorer of Baden-Baden was English Grandmaster Michael Adams with 6.0/7 (five wins, two draws). In round 1 Adams played against the young and talented German Grandmaster Vincent Keymer and showed his strategic and tactical skills.

But this was Keymer's only defeat in Karlsruhe. After this first round loss he scored five wins and one draw to finish the tournament with a score of 5½-1½.

What was the foresighted strategic move that Adams found here?

This game introduces the theme for the video: drawing resources. Yes, this is a celebration of the all-important indecisive result in chess, the draw.


And here's a little chess problem: White to play and mate in 2!


Try your own moves!

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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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