Royal support

by Karsten Müller
5/30/2017 – It is well known that pawns are the soul of chess. And sometimes they are surprisingly strong. Particularly so when the king supports them.

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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.

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ChessBase Magazine #178 (June/July)

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  • Speculative and spectacular: Enjoy Kramnik’s rook sacrifice for three pawns and a consternated Harikrishna!
  • The pawn as a curse: Test your endgame technique and together with Karsten Müller find the narrow pathway to the draw. (interactive video)
  • Triumph in Poikovsky: Emil Sutovsky (7 out of 9) analyses in great detail his first round win against the previous years’ victor: Sutovsky-Korobov
  • Sharp update: Let Erwin l'Ami show you fantastic new ideas for White and Black in the Two Knights Defence. (video)
  • Popular and dangerous: Adhiban delivers with his attacking win over Swayans further proof for the potential of Queen’s Pawn games.
  • Declining the gambit and still getting an advantage: Krisztian Szabo knows why you do not need to fear 3…f5 in the Ruy Lopez.


Karsten Müller, born 1970, has a world-wide reputation as one of the greatest endgame experts. He has, together with Frank Lamprecht, written a book on the subject: “Fundamental Chess Endgames” in addition to other contributions such as his column on the website ChessCafe as well as in ChessBase Magazine. Müller's ChessBase-DVDs about endgames in Fritztrainer-Format are bestsellers. The PhD in mathematics lives in Hamburg, where he has also been hunting down points for the HSK in the Bundesliga for many years.
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kassySC kassySC 6/2/2017 02:54
fravatel-
Can you demonstrate this amazing K+B v K mate? I've never seen it
fravatel fravatel 5/31/2017 11:28
Indeed it is amazing that the white player did not apply a simple shouldering technique. On the other hand, too little time has been spent studying the endgame (even basics). I was horrified to find out that at my club even players rated 2000 and beyond could not mate with K+B against a bare king.
JoshuaVGreen JoshuaVGreen 5/31/2017 01:46
I didn't know this "instinctively," but I've seen this ending screwed-up lots of times in published games. I'm sure White will never forget it.
Justjeff Justjeff 5/30/2017 02:30
What really amazing is that someone rated 2379 didn't know this ending instinctively.
Bojan KG Bojan KG 5/30/2017 01:46
That's why chess is a game above games. I completely agree with you psamant. Chess rocks!!!
psamant psamant 5/30/2017 01:25
Such a seemingly simple position with almost no material left and still so many pitfalls!
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