The Power Play Show

by Daniel King
10/17/2018 – Wednesday at 19:00 CEST (17:00 UT) Daniel King will go on air on You can watch the episode live for free. All the usual puzzles, games and instruction will be on offer, plus Daniel will be looking at games from the Olympiad. Puzzle and the live video...

Powerplay 26: Checkmate Challenge — essential knowledge Powerplay 26: Checkmate Challenge — essential knowledge

Checkmate. That's the aim of the game. There are numerous ways to checkmate the enemy king, but there are common patterns that recur over and over again, and having these at our mental fingertips is essential for when we want to finish the game.


Batumi 2018

Here's just one position you might encounter if you watch this episode of Power Play:


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On another note, Daniel King published his 25th Powerplay DVD on "Popular Queen's Pawn Openings - A Repertoire for Black"

Here's a teaser:

Powerplay 25 Popular Queen's Pawn Openings A Repertoire For Black

On this DVD, Grandmaster Daniel King presents a repertoire for Black against the opoular queen's pawn openings such as the London System or the Trompowsky!


Daniel King is a regular on 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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jsaldea12 jsaldea12 12/22/2018 10:01
An indisputable proof that proves the claimed black hole is a fake.
It appears self-searching Alphazero has not yet been able to find the answer. But undersigned has found an INDISPUTABLE PROOF that the powerful light enveloping all galaxies emanates from the cores of galaxies, meaning light escapes, meaning that powerful light emanates from the core, supposed black hole, of the galaxy. Concept of black hole on which light cannot escapes is wrong, is against the unwritten law of physics which sttes whenever there is fire, there is light, the greater the fireball, the brighter the light. Look at ALL the galaxies, it is a bundle of fireballs and light. I will disclose this indisputable proof , no scientist can disprove, in due time. Jsaldea, Roxas City, dec. 22, 2018.
jsaldea12 jsaldea12 12/14/2018 03:45
With due respect to Dr. Dennis Hassabis, please see if the following is possible (a) or is true (b):

(a) Can self-searching Alphazero search and verify if black hole exists in the center of Milky Way?
It appears like this: simulate/feed the actual astronomical telescope photos of the Milky Way to Alphazero hard
ware (brain) and command alphazero to identify the lights covering Milky Way and the source thereof, if the light
originates from the center of Milky Way or not. . If it originates from the center, then it proves light escapes ,
there is no black hole.

Jose S. Aldea
Dec. 13.2018

(b) Why stockfish lose to Alphaqzero.

It appears like this, subject to correction by Dr, Dennis Hassabis : Alphazero is programmed//commanded to self-analyze some 80,000 moves a second from each position as presented and is played at that TIME on the board. It means that every position is considered new by Alphazero and subject to new same programming//command. Then Alphazero selects the best move thereof. While stockfish has storage of moves per second, by the millions all active all the time chess is played. But not all positions are on the stated storaged millions of stockfish.. And because there are billions of variant moves, the first 10 moves, Stockfish is lost on positions not in its storage. .