Daniel King’s Power Play Show: The Spanish

by Daniel King
9/10/2021 – In this week’s show, GM Daniel King focuses on the Spanish Opening, using a game between Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen as his main example and going through some of his own games to explain his take on the popular setup. | 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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A whole range of strategic ideas

This week the focus is on the Spanish, an opening plentiful with strategic and tactical ideas. The game Levon Aronian vs Magnus Carlsen from the Aimchess US Rapid saw the top grandmasters entering an Anti-Marshall System. They reached the following position after 23 moves. Black to play — what would you do?

 

And here’s a mate in two:

 

Power Play 17 - Attack with 1.e4

A repertoire of attacking lines against the four major defences to 1.e4 – that is, 1...e5, the Sicilian, the French, and the Caro Kann. These systems will put your opponent under pressure, and when players are under pressure, mistakes occur. This is a practical repertoire – if we study openings we want to be sure to use them in our games.


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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.


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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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Kaissa_Owl_2019 Kaissa_Owl_2019 9/12/2021 09:17
Eric Hassberg - New York Post (1945): 1. Qc2 If 1. ... Kh3 or Kh5, then 2. Qh7# If 1. ... Rh1 or Rh3, then 2. Qh7# If 1. ... Rxc2, then 2. Rh7# If 1. ... Rg3, then 2. Qh7# If 1. ... Rg5, Rg6, or Rxg7, then 2. Qxh2# If 1. ... Rg4, then 2. Qxh2# or Qh7#
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