Power Play on the Candidates

by Daniel King
3/28/2018 – GM Daniel King was, of course, one of our round-up show hosts, but he also covered the Candidates Tournament in Berlin round-by-round for his Power Play YouTube Channel, culminating in extensive reporting from on-site for the final two rounds. In case you missed some of his great work, we present it here in one convenient place. Grandmaster analysis in easily digestible bites.

Power Play Vol.23 and 24 Power Play Vol.23 and 24

On this DVD, Grandmaster Daniel King offers you a repertoire for Black with the QGD and against the Catalan. The repertoire is demonstrated in 20 stem games, covering all White's major systems.


GM Daniel King "Power Playlist"

Daniel King reported from Berlin for Der Spiegel in cooperation with ChessBase. King's last report from round 14 features GMs Anatoly Vaisser, Levon Aronian, Ding Liren, Sergey Karjakin, Fabiano Caruana and his second Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

Round 14 report

Game of the day: Grischuk 0-1 Caruana

Round 13 report

The penultimate round was both exciting and surprising, setting up the tense finale. King's report includes comments from Caruana, Karjakin, Miguel Illescas, and Anatoly Vaisser. 

Game of the Day: Caruana 1-0 Aronian

Round 12

The culmination of Karjakin's stunning comeback, after being no less than two full points behind the leader, was capped off by this crucial win, which set the tournament on the road to a dramatic final.

Karjakin 1-0 Caruana

The complete Candidates 2018 Power Playlist

All 23 videos from Daniel King in chronological order beginning with tournament previews.

Click or tap on the menu icon in the upper left corner to select additional videos from the list


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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sotoli321 sotoli321 3/30/2018 07:58
Συγχαρητήρια για την ενδιαφέρουσα σειρά "PowerPlay"του Daniel. Ο τρόπος παρουσίασης των παρτίδων είναι κατανοητός και γίνεται με τον μοναδικό τρόπο. Επίσης αναφέρεται όσο χρειάζεται και στο μη αγωνιστικό σκέλος του τουρνουά. Πολύ καλή δουλειά, Daniel, καλή συνέχεια.
geraldsky geraldsky 3/29/2018 07:27
Everytime Caruana answers question, there's always words, "......I mean...." .
Rama Rama 3/29/2018 06:32
Most players are rated below 1800 and GM King is great for that large segment. GM Peter Svidler gives much more extensive analysis with a lot of variations which is great for people stronger than 1800 imo.
garyklien garyklien 3/29/2018 12:05
haha from the first two comments you can easily see taht someone like mr king stirrs many differnt opinions. I usualy like him, but no ones perfect lol. to make a point i didnt try to type or antygin jsut strung this out ad fast as i cn its alright and legidgble bu damn, try harder next time am i right?
Offramp Offramp 3/28/2018 10:55
"Grandmaster analysis in easily digestible bites." As if we are total idiots.
WillScarlett WillScarlett 3/28/2018 07:34
I just finished watching Daniel King's "Power Play Chess" video covering the game Caruana vs Aronian, Rd. 13 .
It cannot be said too many times - King's commentary and analysis are superb ! Entertaining AND informative
to a stratospheric degree - Bravo ! I'll be watching the other presentations, too. Thanks and much applause to
Daniel King . I should add that I'll look at the work of the other commentators as well, and I have every expectation
that they, too, will be commendable and professional . Good work, ChessBase !