Power Play Show: King’s Gambit tactics!

by Daniel King
8/28/2020 – In this Power Play Show, Grandmaster Daniel King looks at a couple of recent online games that feature typical King's Gambit tactics — the kind that are both instructive and beautiful! | 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.

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Fireworks in the King’s Gambit

The King’s Gambit is a tactical opening, a very tactical opening. This is one reason why the opening was so popular in the past and why the opening is still attractive. Marking the release of my latest Power Play DVD, I look at a couple of recent online games that feature typical tactics arising from this exciting opening.

Many of the puzzles have been selected to suit the repertoire for White that I recommend in my DVD. Not only that, the puzzles are also good exercises to train your calculation skills!

The problem I have found for you is also pretty. It was recently posted on Twitter by the problem expert Brian Gosling, and its artistry appealed to me. White to play and mate in two.


And returning to our main focus of study, what is White’s best move in the following position?


Try your own moves!

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Daniel King is the prolific author of the Power Play series which numbers 28 volumes to date.  The Tactic Turbo for the King’s Gambit is the subject of his most recent DVD.

Here’s a teaser:

Power Play 28: Tactic Toolbox King's Gambit

Daniel King presents 50 puzzle positions in video format, all arising from the King's Gambit. They feature typical tactics from the opening, so this is a great way of becoming familiar with the tricks and traps that you can set 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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