Very small winning zone

by Karsten Müller
8/29/2017 – If queen and king fight against king and pawn in the endgame the side with the pawn has only a chance to survive if the pawn happens to be a rook- or a bishop's pawn and is only one square away from queening. But even then things can be tricky.

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Karsten Müller in ChessBase Magazine

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ChessBase Magazine #179 (August/September)

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  • Hammer blow 14…Rxf3: Adhiban analyses his brilliancy against Akobian at the World Team Championship.

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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genem genem 8/30/2017 05:45
Very nice morsel of endgame HowTo info. Thanks.
Peter B Peter B 8/30/2017 07:27
Simple but instructive.
malfa malfa 8/30/2017 01:26
This belongs to the ABC of endgames. I would be quite disappointed if any Elo-rated player did not know it.
kassySC kassySC 8/31/2017 10:27
Malfa, you greatly overestimate most chess players.
I'd wager very few under 2200 would have a clue this was winnable and even fewer would know how to do so.
I'd wager few under 1600 would be aware the win was difficult thinking this was just a typical Q vs 7th rank pawn.
And I'd wager few under 1200 would have any idea how to win Q vs 7th rank pawn on knight or center files
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