The Power Play Show - AlphaZero

by Daniel King
12/7/2018 – Friday at 18:00 CET (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 the AlphaZero games vs Stockfish. 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.


AlphaZero vs Stockfish

The Power Play Show 5pm (UK), featuring puzzles from the games of AlphaZero vs Stockfish.

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


White to play and win

This week

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Live at 18:00 CET (17:00 UT / 2 pm EDT)

Previous shows

You'll find older broadcasts in the Power Play category. To watch these you'll need a ChessBase Account.

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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bbrodinsky bbrodinsky 12/8/2018 03:43
To all the people defending the recent boring WCC match(es) by saying "they're not boring, they're playing super-accurate computer-like chess, and that by nature is boring and drawish".

Well, let me introduce you to alphazero, which sacs pieces, plays what looks like reckless chess. Oh, it would probably beat Carlsen and Caruana in 12 game matches by something close to 24-0.

Thus removes THAT excuse for the last many dreadful WCC matches. There needs to be a change in the format, some incentive for the players to play real chess, not the safe-play-for-the-rapids non-sense stuff. Maybe we should threaten them with alphazero!

This is such a great article. Brute force has taken a beating! We can only hope that alphazero technology leads to breakthroughs in medicine, the environment, etc.