CBM Blog: Counterplay counts + Banusz' Breakthrough

9/24/2011 – In rook endings a pawn up, the draw is often secured by counterplay. But how to initiate it? Our resident GM Karsten Müller gives us instruction, using a recent game Bacrot-Robson from the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk. And Dr Müller uses another game from two weeks ago to instruct us on the theme of counterplay. Take time to study his examples and improve your tournament results.

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Counterplay counts

The large drawish tendency of rook endings is often due to active counterplay. But how to start it?

Banusz' Breakthrough

Despite his extra pawn and enormous activity White can not force a win. But Banusz tried a last trick:

Since 1988 grandmaster Dr Karsten Müller from Hamburg has been playing for the Hamburger Schachklub in the Bundesliga, and in 1996 and 1997 he finished third in the German Championship. As an internationally renowned endgame expert he is the author of the endgame column in the ChessBase Magazine and the author of the Endgame Corner column on ChessCafe.com.

You will find a whole series of his very popular endgame DVD in the ChessBase Shop here.


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