Daniel King’s Power Play Show: Two Tata classics

by Daniel King
2/4/2022 – In his Power Play Show, GM Daniel King looks at two Tata Steel classics, played seven years apart, but in the same opening. It's interesting and worth comparing the strategies of the two victors, Magnus Carlsen and Arjun Erigaisi. | 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 Magnus Carlsen vs Hou Yifan, played in Wijk aan Zee 2015. How did Carlsen make progress here?


The following position is from the game Arjun Erigaisi vs Daniel Dardha, played in the Challengers Tournament in Wijk 2022, seven years after the Carlsen vs Hou Yifan game. What plan would you choose for White?


To conclude, here’s a two-mover by von Gottschall. 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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