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 3rd DVD in the Power Play series, Grandmaster Daniel King examines more devilish methods of attacking the castled king this time by means of a pawn storm. But which is the right pawn to use? And when is the right moment to launch a pawn in the direction of your opponents king? 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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This DVD lives up to its goal of examining pawn storms with the f and h pawns both as attacking ideas and as ways to break open a closed position. There are many very good examples from actual games, and Daniel King does an excellent job of presenting the broad concepts and ideas as well as the detailed theory. He hammers the main ideas repeatedly so they will stick even if the details do not. For example he repeatedly stresses not only the strengths but also the weakness of playing f4. The idea is to play f5 to attach the castled King, but it also opens the diagonal to your own King for a counter attack.The only reason I cannot give this DVD five stars is that Daniel gives new meaning to the term Grand Prix attack with the f pawn by zipping through the material at breakneck speed. It is annoying to hear one mouse click and see the board position jump ahead several moves. Be prepared to frequently pause the DVD and go back to step through the moves that Daniel has skipped over, apparently under the assumption that only grand masters view his DVD. That said, I give him credit for clearly explaining the main ideas even if he sometimes does move through the material too fast. I guess that is what the pause button is for.Daniel suggests that the examples be viewed with the notation window closed as he frequently asks what the viewer would do next. However, when he skips over several moves at time, I find that I need the notation window to follow the game continuation. This is also time consuming and makes it hard to follow his suggestion that the positions be set on the board rather than relying on the graphic screen.