Power Play Show: The King’s Gambit is very much alive!

by Daniel King
7/24/2020 – In this Power Play Show, grandmaster Daniel King uses all the knowledge he gathered to prepare his latest DVD to analyze the King’s Gambit played by Vasyl Ivanchuk against Peter Leko at the start of the week. Unmissable! | 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. | Photos: Nugzar Kereselidze

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Beating an ultra-correct player

The main focus of the video is a masterpiece played by Vasyl Ivanchuk in the Chess Legends tournament. He employed a King’s Gambit against Peter Leko and succeeded in confusing this ultra-correct player. I have a particular interest in this game as the players follow a line that I covered on my recent King’s Gambit DVD.

I will also be looking at an instructive pawn endgame played by the same two players.

As ever, I will be setting a problem for you to solve before next week.


A clash of styles

Vasyl IvanchukTwo of the best players the chess world has seen in the last 30 years or so faced each other at the ‘chess24 Legends of Chess’ tournament. And it was a marvelous duel.

In a must-win situation, Ivanchuk tried the King’s Gambit against Leko in the fourth rapid game of their mini-match. So we had a real clash of styles: the solid and correct Peter Leko, a classical player, someone who doesn’t gamble, against Vasyl Ivanchuk, someone who is very enterprising, prepared to play very unusual openings and used to wilder positions than his Hungarian opponent.

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

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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