CBM training: Knight tactics, the umbrella, rook's pawn races

11/30/2011 – Here, unusually, is a middle-of-the-week training session from our resident endgame expert, who has a very popular section in ChessBase Magazine. Today GM Karsten Müller has picked three games from the recent 18th European Team Championship, one with a female player showing that, when the opponent stumbles, she could win a pawn race. Look, learn and enjoy.

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Knight tactics

In knight endings tactical tricks often play a major role due to their concrete nature:

The umbrella

The attacking king often has problems to escape from the rain of checks of the defending rook. One typical technique is to lure enemy pawns onto important lines and to use them as shelter:

Rook's Pawn Races

Pawn endings can be very tricky:


Karsten Müller in ChessBase Magazine

Do you like these lessons? There are plenty more by internationally renowned endgame expert Dr Karsten Müller in ChessBase Magazine, where you will also find openings articles and surveys, tactics, and of course annotations by the world's top grandmasters.

Click to go to the ChessBase Magazine page

Apart from his regular columns and video lectures in ChessBase Magazine there is a whole series of training DVDs by Karsten Müller, which are bestsellers in the ChessBase Shop.


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