Daniel King's Power Play Show: Structural thinking

by Daniel King
10/30/2020 – In this Power Play Show Grandmaster Daniel King presents a nice chess problem, takes a look at an endgame, and explains the pros and cons of an important structure that arises in many openings. | Power Play is on air most Fridays at 17:00 UTC (18:00 CET, 13:00 ET). All the usual puzzles, games and instruction will be on offer.

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An important structure

Problems first! White to play and mate in 2:


But the main focus of the show will be on an endgame and a pawn structure that you must be aware of: it arises from several different openings, the French, the Caro, the Sicilian, for example.

Warm-up: What is the best way to deal with the threat to the pawn on f5?


This week

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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