Power Play with Daniel King: Mate ends the game!

by Johannes Fischer
8/13/2020 – In his match against Magnus Carlsen in the semi-finals of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Ding Liren lacked fortune, and lost the match 1-3 after missing a number of good opportunities, especially in the fourth set. But Ding arguably played most the spectacular game of the entire match and had the rare pleasure to mate Carlsen's king in the middle of the board. Daniel King took a closer look.

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Chess is about giving mate, and mate ends the game. This is something you learn as a beginner, but often forget when you try to grasp all these sophisticated positional subtleties in opening, middlegame and endgame.

This makes it all the nicer when a game between two absolute top players features a mating attack that culminates in a king hunt. Which is what happened in the second game of the fourth set of the semi-finals of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour final, where Ding Liren and Magnus Carlsen clashed.

Daniel King was impressed.

But despite all beauty: Ding Liren lost the match against Magnus Carlsen, who thus qualified for the "Best-of-Seven" final against Hikaru Nakamura, which starts at 4 pm on Friday, August 14. Maybe there will be more attacks and king hunts to watch.

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Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".

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