Power Play Show: Nepomniachtchi attacks

by Daniel King
8/7/2020 – In this Power Play Show, Grandmaster Daniel King looks at a problem that Paul Keres composed when he was just 19 years old, but the main focus of the show will be on on a remarkable game by Ian Nepomniachtchi against Ding Liren in the Legends of Chess online tournament. A Scotch was played in romantic style but with a modern twist... | 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: Niki Riga (Archive)

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Did you know that in his youth Paul Keres was a keen problem composer? According to Egon Varnusz Keres published 180 problems and 30 studies, including a rook ending that won a first prize in 1947. An early problem of Keres was published in 1929, when the Estonian was only 13 years old. But have a go at solving this mate in 2, composed in 1935 when Keres was 19.


But the main focus of the show will be a game by Ian Nepomniachtchi, in which he defeated Ding Liren in romantic style – after Ding failed to find a hidden ressource in a difficult position.


How could Black save himself from this position? Spotting this is very difficult, particularly in rapid play! But it shows that even in positions that appear hopeless there is often a resource. Ding got it wrong and was blown away...

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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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