Daniel King’s Power Play Show: Tata tactics

by Daniel King
1/28/2022 – In his Power Play Show, GM Daniel King looks at tactical moments from the Tata Steel tournaments. The main game under consideration is Caruana vs Rapport which is more strategic and displays Rapport's ambitious and somewhat unorthodox style. | 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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Warm-up: Below is a position from the game between Caruana and Rapport.  Rapport came up with an  ambitious strategy. What would you play?


The following position is from the game Roven Vogel vs Zhu Jiner. How did Black continue?


Nils Grandelius had some trouble in this year's Masters Tournament and missed a couple of good opportunities, e.g. against Vidit Gujrathi. What should Black play in the position below?


To conclude, here’s a two-mover by Donald McKay. White to play and mate in two.


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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