Daniel King’s Power Play Show: The dangerous h-pawn

by Daniel King
6/2/2023 – In his new Power Play Show, GM Daniel King discusses a tricky question: what to do when your opponent advances his or her h-pawn early in the game? Block, restrain or ignore? | 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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I'm considering a couple of games where there was a rapid advance of the h-pawn. How should you react? Block, restrain or ignore? This is a fundamental question in many positions: time to rehearse your judgement.

With his last move 8...h5, Niemann launched the h-pawn. If you had White, how would you react? 9.h3, 9.h4, or something else entirely?

Same  question. If you had Black, how would you deal with White's threat to advance?  7...h5, 7...h6 or something else entirely?

And here’s another 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.

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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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