Daniel King’s Power Play Show: Tata Steel tactics test

by Daniel King
2/5/2021 – In this Power Play Show, GM Daniel King looks back to Wijk aan Zee and offers a "Tata Steel tactics test". Do you see what the grandmasters saw or did not see? | 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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How does White finish the game from here?


The position is from the game between Andrey Esipenko and Magnus Carlsen. 14...Qe7 was played in the game and Carlsen was squarely beaten.

What should White play if 14...Qxh2 had been played instead?


And here's an interesting study:


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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.


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