Daniel King’s Power Play Show: A strategic masterpiece by Daniil Dubov

by Daniel King
12/28/2020 – In this Power Play Show, GM Daniel King takes a look at Daniil Dubov's play at the Russian Championship in December. Dubov is known for his creative tactical style but he is also able to play strategic masterpieces.

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Daniil Dubov

Daniil Dubov is known for his unusually creative chess, and currently he is showing it online at the Airthings Masters. In the beginning of December Dubov played live in the Russian Championship 2020 in Moscow where he finished on shared third place and played a number of interesting games.

In round 5 Dubov played against Vladislav Artemiev and was lucky to escape with a draw. White's last move was 20.bxc3 and now it's Black to play and win. What did Artemiev miss?

 

But it seems that Dubov is also capable of playing strategic masterpieces - as he showed with his impressive win against Aleksey Goganov in round 8.

 

Here is this week’s problem: White to play and mate in 2.

 

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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.

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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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stuj26 stuj26 12/29/2020 02:33
The idea in the Dubov-Artemiev game is 20...d4, threatening the knight which is guarding against the mate threat on the c2 sqaure so white is more or less forced to play 21. cxd4. Now black can play 21...Qa2+ 22. Kc1 and has the choice between 22...Qa3+ 23. Kd2 exd4 with threats against the knight and white's king or 22...Nc6, opening the diagonal for his bishop with threats of ...Qa3+ and ...Bb4+. If white decides to captures the knight instead with 21.cxb4, then 21...Qa2+ 22. Kc1 Qa1+ 23. Kd2 Bxb4+ and mate next move.
inaki_pamplona inaki_pamplona 12/28/2020 11:00
I don't see the point in "Artemiev-Dubov" game. https://www.chess.com/events/2020-russian-championship-superfinal/05-Dubov_Daniil-Artemiev_Vladislav
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