Daniel King's Power Play Show: A chess problem and a spectacular game

by Daniel King
6/12/2020 – In this Power Play Show Grandmaster Daniel King makes an excursion into the world of problem chess but the main focus of the session will be a spectacular game by the 2018 World Senior Champion, Vlastimil Jansa. | Power Play is on air most Fridays at 17:00 UK (18:00 CEST, 11:00 EST) on playchess.com. All the usual puzzles, games and instruction will be on offer.

Power Play 27: The King's Gambit Power Play 27: The King's Gambit

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. This DVD contains all you need to know to tackle your opponent.

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A chess problem and a spectacular game

I'm not a huge fan of chess problems that look like the pieces have been dropped on the board at random, but recently, in these Covid days, I have taken to solving 'checkmate in two' positions on my tea breaks. They are a bit like crossword puzzles: sometimes the solution arrives irrationally within an instant, sometimes some head-scratching is involved.

The position below was a head-scratcher. White to play and checkmate in two moves (William A. Shinkman). Remember to look carefully for Black's defensive moves. These kind of puzzles are useful training in calculation and checkmating patterns.

 

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Daniel King is the prolific author of the PowerPlay series which numbers 27 volumes to date. The subject of his most recent DVD is "The King's Gambit"

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Power Play 27: The King's Gambit

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. This DVD contains all you need to know to tackle 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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