Power Play 2 - King: Attacking the King

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Checkmate ends the game that's an undeniable fact. Yet one sometimes gains the impression that players who gleefully and unashamedly play for the attack are treated as a joke by their colleagues. Launching a successful attack is a skillful business that often demands great creativity. And like most themes in chess, this is a skill that can be honed and polished. In this second DVD in the Power Play series, Grandmaster Daniel King looks at attacking play and asks, what makes for a successful attack? At the end of the DVD you can test your attacking and defensive skills by examining a series of specially selected test positions. The Power Play series is suitable for anyone looking to improve their chess, but also provides ready-made lessons and exercises for a trainer. Grandmaster Daniel King has been a professional chess player for more than 20 years. During that time he has represented his country on many occasions, including an historic match victory over the Soviet Union in Reykjavik, 1990. At the same time he has distinguished himself as a coach, helping many of England's younger generation to achieve their potential. Besides his chess career, he has built up a reputation as a commentator on television, radio and the internet. He is also an award-winning author of more than 15 books.

System Requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows 98 SE, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Media Player 9.0, DVD drive

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    Power Play 2 - King: Attacking the King 4 Stars

    Posted by John Galt from Orlando, Fl on 27th Apr 2013

    A lot of good stuff here, but don't expect to view it in real time as though watching a movie. Daniel King assumes you are already a Grandmaster, so be prepared to wear out your mouse pausing the lessons to analyze positions. Daniel makes statements such as obviously the Queen cannot recapture here in complex situations involving much more than a simple fork or a pin. Be prepared to transfer the board setup to Fritz for analysis to figure out exactly why. Many of the positions that are obvious to Daniel King require Fritz analysis to provide illumination to us mere mortals. The take away is attacking ideas, not memorized positions. Thats a good thing. This DVD will force you to sharpen your calculation skills or to be frustrated. King gives many puzzle positions to be worked out, but often states find the winning move without any hint if he means a mate or just a positional advantage that leads to a winning end game perhaps 30 moves later. I guess such things are obvious to Grandmasters.