Daniel King’s Power Play Show: The main line of the Rossolimo

by Daniel King
4/1/2022 – In this week’s edition of the Power Play Show, GM Daniel King focuses on a battle in the main line of the Rossolimo between Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Magnus Carlsen. Outstanding tactical finishes from the Charity Cup are also presented! | 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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Tactical finishes

The Charity Cup finished last week, with Magnus Carlsen taking the title after winning what suddenly became a thrilling match after Jan-Krzysztof Duda bounced back in the second set of the final.

An online event, the tournament featured rapid chess, and thus included a number of nice tactical finishes. We go through a few of the most outstanding and instructive.

Let us first take a look at the following position emerging from a Rossolimo Sicilian. With White’s king so exposed, Black should have a winning position, but Carlsen’s next move really sealed the deal. What did he play to tip White over the edge?


And here’s a mate-in-two. Can you solve it?


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.

This week - Two parts

Part 1

Part 2

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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