CBM Blog: Kramnik's King and Giri's flash of genius

7/31/2011 – In endings with rook and knight vs rook and bishop the knight often wants to have full control to compensate for its relative slow maneuvering ability. And in rook endings it is usually bad to advance the pawn so far that the attacking king has no shelter – unless you have a special plan. Our endgame expert Dr. Karsten Müller presents instructive lessons from the current Dortmund tournament.

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Kramnik's King

In endings with rook and knight vs rook and bishop the knight often wants to have full control to compensate for its relative slow manovering abilities. Another important factor is the strength of the bishop. If it is passive and the other color complex weak, then the knight often has good winning chances:

Giri's Flash of Genius

How did wunderkind Anish Giri break Ponomariov's defense: with 62.a7 or with 62.Kd2?


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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