Daniel King's Power Play Show: Can Hikaru Nakamura win the Chessable Masters?

by Daniel King
6/19/2020 – In this Power Play Show Grandmaster Daniel King will present an interesting endgame and a problem by Sam Loyd. But he will also look at the current form of Hikaru Nakamura who hopes to win the Chessable Masters, the next Magnus Carlsen Tour event will start tomorrow, Saturday, June 20. | 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. | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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In the show I will be going through the details of the endgame below, looking at a problem by Sam Loyd, and considering the recent online form of Hikaru Nakamura: will he be able shake off his defeats in the recent finals and win the next Magnus Carlsen Tour event?

The diagram position is from a game that was played in one of the first over-the-board tournaments to take place in the Covid era, the Offerspill Invitational in Oslo.

Black has just played the queen from e2 to f3. Was this a clever simplification? Or a mistake?


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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"

Here's a teaser:

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.


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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