063 A Trio of Talents: Grandmaster, Educator, & Commentator w/ GM Daniel King

Jul 05, 2023

The title says it all.

In the best possible way, Daniel King is a “triple threat” of chess: 

A GM professional competitor who’s played against some of the world’s best…

A commentator who delivers GM-level analysis that’s easily accessible for us club players…

And an educator who’s served up a library of phenomenal books, courses, and videos that’ll sharpen our chess skills.

Not enough?

He’s also a skilled and passionate musician who regularly plays in bands.

Daniel launched his chess life with an exciting competitive career. He earned his IM title in ‘82,  his GM title in ‘89, and scored some notable achievements like placing 4th in the British Championship in ‘87.

In the early 90s, he launched a career as a chess commentator. Later, he published countless books, DVDs, and online courses.

These days, Daniel runs his popular YouTube channel, Power Play Chess. There you can find top-notch, insightful commentary on the biggest chess events. 

In this interview, we discuss:

  • A few thrilling stories of Daniel defeating some of the world’s best as a professional player.
  • Daniel’s favorite moments as a commentator covering World Champion Garry Kasparov. 
  • Why you shouldn’t be afraid to play the Open Sicilian as White (and how to get excited if your opponent plays an anti-Sicilian.)

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