Power Play Show: Crushing the King's Indian

by Daniel King
8/14/2020 – In this Power Play Show, Grandmaster Daniel King takes a look at two fascinating games with the King's Indian. One was played very recently, the other was played 70 years ago. | 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: Tigran Petrosian

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Two King's Indians

This week I'm looking at two games in the King's Indian Defence. The game Ding-Carlsen, played in the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour finals just a few days ago, saw the World Champion playing the black pieces and running into difficulties. This was spectacular.

I'd like to compare that with a game played 70 years ago between Petrosian and Panov in the Moscow Championship in exactly the same variation. It is fascinating to compare the strategies of these games and to see how small differences can ultimately have a massive effect later on.

Warm-up: White to play and mate in 2.


And a crucial position from the game Ding Liren vs Magnus Carlsen.


How do you deal with this aggression?

This week

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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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