Müller: Endgames from ChessBase Magazine

2/24/2014 – Ready for this? Five instructive endgames, which appeared on the board at the 76th Tata Steel Masters, are explained to you by our resident expert GM Karsten Müller. That should easily fill your weekly training schedule. There is a lot to learn and many a rating point to pick up if you go through Dr Müller's clear and precise instructions. And best part: it's all free of charge.

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Endgames from ChessBase Magazine

Anish's Attack

Giri, Anish 1-0 Naiditsch, Arkadij – The Dutch player chose a topical line against the Bogo-Indian. White does not worry so much about development as much as he worries about launching a quick kingside attack to weaken his opponent's structure. This paid off as even though Naiditsch was able to halt his opponent's attack by exchanging queens, his structure was ruined and White's knight and rooks still applied strong pressure to the enemy king. In a difficult position Naiditsch exposed his king too much, and it was mated in the middle of the board.

Karsten Müller (and Giri) show us the two rooks and two minor pieces are a lot of attacking potential:

[Event "76th Tata Steel Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2014.01.12"] [Round "2.2"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Naiditsch, Arkadij"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E11"] [WhiteElo "2734"] [BlackElo "2718"] [Annotator "Karsten Müller"] [PlyCount "65"] [EventDate "2014.01.11"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Nbd2 O-O 5. a3 Be7 6. e4 d5 7. e5 Nfd7 8. Bd3 c5 9. h4 g6 10. h5 cxd4 11. Qc2 Nc5 12. cxd5 Nxd3+ 13. Qxd3 Qxd5 14. Ne4 Nc6 15. Bh6 Qa5+ 16. Qd2 Qxd2+ 17. Kxd2 Rd8 18. hxg6 fxg6 19. Bg5 h5 20. g4 Bxg5+ 21. Nfxg5 Nxe5 22. gxh5 Nc4+ 23. Ke1 Bd7 24. b3 Na5 {Anish's Attack Two rooks and two minor pieces are a lot of attacking potential of course:} 25. Rc1 $1 { Anish Giri invites all his pieces into the attack. A typical good guideline from the middlegame.} (25. hxg6 $2 {is too early due to} Kg7 $1) 25... Bc6 ({ One sample attacking line after} 25... gxh5 26. Rxh5 Bc6 {runs} 27. b4 Nb3 28. Rb1 Ba4 29. Ke2 d3+ $6 (29... Bb5+ 30. Kf3 Rf8+ 31. Kg4 Ba4 32. Rbh1 $18) 30. Ke3 d2 31. Rh7 Rf8 32. Rg1 d1=Q 33. Nf7+ Qxg1 34. Nf6#) (25... e5 26. h6 Nc6 27. Nf6+ Kf8 (27... Kh8 $4 28. Nf7#) 28. h7 Kg7 29. h8=Q+ Rxh8 30. Rxh8 Rxh8 31. Nxd7 $18) (25... Nxb3 26. hxg6 Nxc1 $6 (26... Kg7 27. Rh7+ Kxg6 28. Rc7 $18 ) 27. Rh7 Nd3+ 28. Kd2 Ne5 29. Nf6+ Kf8 30. f4 $18) 26. hxg6 Bxe4 ({The greedy } 26... Nxb3 $2 {is refuted by} 27. Rh7 Bxe4 28. Nxe4 Nxc1 $6 (28... Rf8 29. Rcc7 $18) 29. Nf6+ Kf8 30. Rf7#) ({and} 26... Kg7 {runs into} 27. Nxe6+ Kxg6 28. Nxd8 Rxd8 29. Rc5 Bxe4 30. Rg1+ Kf6 31. Rxa5 $18) 27. Nxe4 Kg7 (27... Rac8 28. Rxc8 Rxc8 29. Rh7 Rf8 30. b4 Nc4 31. Rxb7 Nxa3 32. Ke2 $18) 28. Rc7+ Kxg6 29. Rg1+ Kf5 (29... Kh6 $2 {runs into} 30. Nf6 Rh8 31. Rcg7 Nxb3 32. R1g6#) 30. f3 e5 $2 {This slow move allows Anish Giri to crown his attack with a forced mate.} (30... Rg8 $1 {was forced, but White will win a piece first and the game later, e.g.} 31. Rc5+ Kf4 32. Rxg8 Rxg8 33. Rxa5 {(Baburin in Chess Today 4814)} b6 $5 (33... Rg2 34. Nd2 Ke3 35. Re5+ Kd3 36. Ne4 $18) (33... Kxf3 34. Re5 Ke3 35. Nc5+ Kf4 36. Nd3+ $18) 34. Rb5 Rg2 (34... Ke3 35. Ng5 Rg6 36. Re5+ Kf4 37. Nf7 Rf6 $6 38. Re4+ Kxf3 39. Ng5+ $18) 35. Nd2 Ke3 36. Re5+ Kd3 37. Ne4 Rg6 38. b4 Kc2 39. Kf2 d3 40. Ke3 $18) 31. Rg5+ Kf4 (31... Ke6 32. Rg6+ Kd5 ( 32... Kf5 33. Rf6#) 33. Rc5#) 32. Kf2 {The king closes the mating net.} Rf8 33. Rh7 (33. Rh7 Nxb3 (33... Rh8 34. Rf7#) 34. Rh4#) 1-0

Karjakin's King

Van Wely, Loek 0-1 Karjakin, Sergey – Van Wely simplified into a slightly worse position in which Black's extra pawn gave him the only chances to win. The resulting rook endgame was still a draw, but yet another mistake allowed Karjakin (above) to win. The Russian didn't do anything special in this game, he simply had to wait for Van Wely to err. Sergey Karjakin's rook endgame technique is very good:

[Event "76th Tata Steel Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2014.01.11"] [Round "1"] [White "Van Wely, L."] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E05"] [WhiteElo "2672"] [BlackElo "2759"] [Annotator "Karsten Müller"] [PlyCount "120"] [EventDate "2014.01.11"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Be7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. a4 Bd7 9. Qxc4 Bc6 10. Bf4 a5 11. Nc3 Na6 12. Rae1 Bd5 13. Nxd5 exd5 14. Qb5 Qc8 15. Qb3 Nb4 16. Nd2 c6 17. e4 dxe4 18. Nxe4 Nxe4 19. Rxe4 Qd7 20. Bd2 Nd5 21. Re2 Bf6 22. Bxd5 Qxd5 23. Qxd5 cxd5 24. Rc1 Bxd4 25. Bf4 Rfd8 26. Rc7 b6 27. Ree7 Bxb2 28. Rxf7 Rac8 29. Rb7 Rc4 30. Rfc7 Bd4 31. Be3 Rxc7 32. Rxc7 Bxe3 33. fxe3 d4 34. exd4 Rxd4 35. Rb7 Rb4 36. Kg2 h5 37. Kf3 Kh7 38. h4 Kg6 39. Rd7 Kf6 40. Rd6+ Kf5 41. Rd5+ Ke6 42. Rg5 Kf7 43. Rxh5 Rxa4 44. Rh8 Rb4 45. Ra8 g5 46. hxg5 Kg6 47. Rg8+ Kh5 48. g4+ Kh4 49. Rg6 a4 50. Rg7 b5 51. Rg8 a3 {Karjakin's King Sergey Karjakin's rook endgame technique is very good:} 52. g6 $2 {Now Karjakin's king can deal with the problems on the kingside and his passed pawns will decide the day sooner or later.} (52. Ra8 $1 {draws due to} Ra4 ( 52... Rb3+ 53. Kf4 $11 {[%cal Ga8h8]}) 53. Rxa4 bxa4 54. g6 a2 55. g7 a1=Q 56. g8=Q {and White can defend the queen endgame, e.g.} Qf6+ 57. Ke3 (57. Ke4 $2 a3 $19) 57... a3 (57... Qg5+ 58. Qxg5+ Kxg5 59. Kd3 $11 {[%cal Ga4d1,Ga4d4,Gd4d1, Ga4a1,Ga1d1]}) 58. Qh7+ Kg3 {The king uses the pawn g4 as umbrella to shelter himself from the rain of queen checks.} 59. Qc7+ Kg2 60. Qc2+ Kg1 61. Qc1+ Qf1 62. Qc2 Qg2 63. Qb1+ Kh2 64. Kd3 a2 65. Qa1 Qf3+ 66. Kc2 $11) 52... Kg5 $1 53. g7 Rb3+ 54. Ke4 (54. Ke2 Kg6 55. Kd2 b4 56. Kc1 Rb2 57. g5 Kf7 58. Ra8 Kxg7 59. Ra6 {Now Black will use the sharp endgame weapon zugzwang again and again:} Kf7 60. Rf6+ Ke7 61. Ra6 Ke8 62. Ra7 Kf8 63. Ra4 Kf7 64. Ra6 Kg7 65. g6 Kh6 66. Rb6 b3 67. Ra6 Rc2+ 68. Kb1 a2+ 69. Ka1 Rc1+ 70. Kb2 Rb1+ 71. Kc3 a1=Q+ 72. Rxa1 Rxa1 $19) 54... Kg6 55. Ra8 (55. g5 Rb4+ 56. Kd3 Ra4 57. Rb8 Kxg7 58. Rxb5 a2 $19) 55... Kxg7 56. Kf5 ({After} 56. g5 Rc3 57. Kf5 Rc5+ 58. Ke4 b4 59. Kd3 Kg6 60. Rg8+ Kf5 61. g6 {Black's pawns win the race with} b3 62. g7 b2 63. Rf8+ Ke5 64. Rb8 a2 65. g8=Q b1=Q+ $19 {and the 4th phase of the game is an easy win for Black.}) 56... Rf3+ 57. Ke4 ({After} 57. Kg5 b4 58. Ra7+ {Black's rook is redirected by the typical} Rf7 59. Ra4 Rb7 60. Kf4 b3 61. Rxa3 b2 $19) 57... Rc3 58. Kf5 Rc5+ 59. Kf4 (59. Ke4 {is met by} b4 ({However, not} 59... Rc4+ $2 60. Kd3 Ra4 61. Rxa4 bxa4 62. Kc2 $11) 60. Kd3 Rc3+ 61. Kd4 (61. Kd2 Kf6 62. Ra5 Rg3 63. Kc1 Rxg4 64. Kc2 Rg3 65. Rb5 Rc3+ 66. Kb1 b3 $19) 61... Rc2 62. Kd3 Rb2 {[%cal Ga3a2,Gb4b3,Gb2b1] Now Black's rook and pawns will win by themselves. Dvoretsky calls this method autopilot in his excellent Endgame Manual.} 63. Kc4 a2 64. Ra6 b3 65. Kc3 Rb1 $19) 59... Rc4+ 60. Kf5 (60. Ke3 { does not help due to} Ra4 61. Rxa4 bxa4 $19 {[%cal Ga3c1,Ga3c3,Gc3c1,Ga3a1, Ga1c1]}) 60... Ra4 (60... Ra4 61. Rd8 a2 62. Rd7+ Kf8 (62... Kh6 $4 63. g5+ Kh5 64. Rh7#) 63. Rd8+ Ke7 64. Rd1 a1=Q $19) 0-1

The power of passed pawns

Harikrishna, Pentala 1-0 Dominguez Perez, Leinier – Dominguez's Najdorf left him in a very slightly worse position. Harikrishna had a passed pawn on the d-file but the opposite colored bishops made it very hard for Harikrishna to make progress. His patience, coupled with some inaccuracies by the Cuban, gave him some slim chances to hope for a victory. In time pressure Dominguez kept making mistakes until eventually his position actually became difficult to defend.

The Indian player seized his opportunity and applied pressure until the Cuban collapsed in the endgame. Harikrishna has proven many times that he is a grinder, and will exploit even the most minimal of advantages. Pure opposite colored bishop endings have a large drawish tendency, but when more pieces are on the board they favor the attacker:

[Event "76th Tata Steel Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2014.01.13"] [Round "3.2"] [White "Harikrishna, Pentala"] [Black "Dominguez Perez, Leinier"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B92"] [WhiteElo "2706"] [BlackElo "2754"] [Annotator "Karsten Müller"] [PlyCount "149"] [EventDate "2014.01.11"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. Be3 Be6 10. Qd3 Nbd7 11. Nd5 Bxd5 12. exd5 Ne8 13. Bg4 Nef6 14. Bh3 Re8 15. c4 e4 16. Qe2 Nc5 17. Rad1 Qc7 18. Nxc5 dxc5 19. g3 Bd6 20. Bg5 Qe7 21. Bg2 h6 22. Bxf6 Qxf6 23. Bxe4 Qg6 24. Bxg6 Rxe2 25. Bh5 Rxb2 26. Rb1 Rb4 27. Rfc1 b6 28. a3 Rxb1 29. Rxb1 Rb8 30. a4 Kf8 31. Kg2 g6 32. Be2 a5 33. Bd3 h5 34. f4 Kg7 35. Kf3 Rb7 36. h3 Rb8 37. g4 hxg4+ 38. hxg4 Bc7 39. g5 Rh8 40. Kg4 Rb8 41. Re1 Bd6 42. f5 gxf5+ 43. Bxf5 Rh8 44. Rb1 Rb8 45. Bd3 Bc7 46. Re1 Bd6 47. Rh1 Rh8 48. Rb1 Rb8 49. Kf5 Bc7 50. Re1 Bd6 51. Rh1 Re8 52. Rh6 Re5+ 53. Kg4 Be7 54. Rxb6 Rxg5+ 55. Kf4 Rh5 56. Bf5 {The power of passed pawns Pure opposite colored bishop endings have a large drawish tendency, but when more pieces are on the board they favor the attacker:} Rh1 $2 {This allows White to break the blockading set up forcefully. Black is probably still able to hold, but the defense is unpleasant.} ({The more active} 56... Bg5+ $1 57. Kg4 (57. Ke5 Rh4 58. d6 Rd4 59. Be4 Rxc4 $11) 57... Bd8 58. Rb8 Rh4+ $11 {(Baburin in Chess Today 4815) draws easier.}) 57. d6 $1 Rf1+ 58. Kg4 (58. Ke4 {is answered by} Bg5 59. Bd7 Rd1) 58... Rg1+ (58... Bf6 59. Rc6 Rd1 60. Kf3 Rd4 61. Rxc5 Rxd6 62. Rxa5 Bc3 63. Rb5 Rd4 64. Rc5 Kf6 {should be tenable as well, but matters are not easy over the board of course.}) 59. Kh3 Bg5 60. Be4 Ra1 $2 { Exchanging the a4 for the c5 pawn is not a good deal as White's connected passed pawns will be very strong.} ({Black had two ways to resist tenaciously: } 60... f5 61. Bxf5 Kf6 62. Be4 (62. Bg4 Ke5 63. d7 Kf4) 62... Ke6 63. Bd5+ Kd7 {when he should be able to hold as White's king is not active.}) (60... Kf6 61. d7+ (61. Rc6 $6 Ke6 $11) 61... Ke7 62. Bf5 Rh1+ 63. Kg2 Rh4 64. Rb8 Rd4 65. Rg8 (65. Rc8 Kd6 66. d8=Q+ Bxd8 67. Rxd8+ Ke5 68. Rxd4 Kxd4 $11) (65. Bh3 f5 66. Bxf5 Kf7 67. Rb6 Kf8) 65... Bh4 66. Kh3 Kd6 67. Bg4 f5 68. d8=Q+ Bxd8 69. Rxd8+ Ke5 70. Re8+ Kf4 71. Rf8 (71. Be2 Rd2 72. Bh5 Ra2 73. Bd1 Rd2) 71... Rxc4 72. Bxf5 Rd4 {and White of course still has practical winning chances in all cases, but theoretically Black should be able to defend.}) 61. Rc6 $1 Rxa4 (61... Rd1 62. Bd5 Kf6 63. Rc8 Rd3+ 64. Kg4 Rd4+ 65. Kf3 Rd3+ 66. Ke2 Rd2+ 67. Ke1 Ra2 68. d7 $18) (61... Be3 62. d7 Rd1 63. Bd5 $18) 62. Rxc5 Bf6 63. Rc8 Ra3+ (63... Rb4 64. d7 a4 65. Bd5 a3 66. Ra8 Rb3+ 67. Kg4 Be7 68. c5 Rc3 69. c6 Kf6 70. Kf4 Rc5 71. Ke4 Rc1 72. Ra6 Kg7 73. Rxa3 $18) 64. Kg4 a4 65. c5 Rc3 66. c6 a3 67. Ra8 Rc4 68. Kf4 Rc5 69. d7 (69. Ke3 $5 Rc3+ (69... Be5 70. d7 Bc7 71. Rxa3 Ra5 72. Rb3 Ra7 73. Rb7 $18) 70. Kd2 Rc4 71. c7 Be5 72. Bd5 {wins quicker.}) 69... Bg5+ 70. Kg3 f5 71. Bf3 Kf7 $6 {This allows White to finish the game in style.} ( 71... Rc3 $6 {runs into} 72. Rxa3 Rxa3 73. c7 $18) (71... Rc2 $5 {is relativly best, but White will win in the long run, e.g.} 72. Rxa3 Bd8 73. Kf4 Kf6 74. Ra8 Rc4+ 75. Ke3 Ke7 76. Rc8 Rc3+ 77. Kf4 Rc5 78. Bg2 Rc4+ 79. Kxf5 Rc5+ 80. Kf4 Rc2 81. Be4 Rc5 82. Ke3 Rc4 83. Kd3 Rc5 84. Kd4 Rc1 85. Bd3 Bb6+ 86. Ke4 Bd8 87. Kd5 Rc3 (87... Rd1 88. Kc4 Rc1+ 89. Kb5 Rd1 90. Bc2 Rd2 91. Bb3 Rb2 92. Kb4 Rd2 93. Ba4 Rb2+ 94. Ka3 Rd2 95. c7 $18) 88. Bc4 Rc1 89. Kc5 Rc2 90. c7 Bxc7 91. Rxc7 Kd8 92. Kb6 $18) 72. Bd5+ $5 {Harikrishna finishes the game with a pawn promotion combination.} Kg6 (72... Rxd5 73. c7 $18) 73. Rg8+ Kh6 74. Rxg5 Rxd5 (74... Kxg5 75. d8=Q+ $18) 75. Rg8 (75. Rg8 a2 76. Ra8 Rd2 77. c7 Rxd7 78. c8=Q $18) 1-0

Breaking the blockade

Giri, Anish ½-½ Gelfand, Boris – After a grueling game in which neither side seemed to have an advantage, Gelfand let go of his precision and Giri had good winning chances. He chose the wrong plan. When fighting against a knight a bishop usually wants dynamics:

Things haden't been going Gelfand's way in this tournament
but in round six he was at least able to draw a lost position

[Event "76th Tata Steel Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2014.01.18"] [Round "6"] [White "Giri, A."] [Black "Gelfand, B."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D85"] [WhiteElo "2734"] [BlackElo "2777"] [PlyCount "131"] [EventDate "2014.01.11"] [Source "Chess Today"] [SourceDate "2014.01.19"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Be3 c5 8. Rc1 Qa5 9. Qd2 cxd4 10. cxd4 Qxd2+ 11. Bxd2 O-O 12. Nf3 Bg4 13. Be3 Rd8 14. Be2 e6 15. Ne5 Bxe2 16. Kxe2 f6 17. Nf3 Nc6 18. Rc4 Rd7 19. h4 Rad8 20. g3 f5 21. e5 h6 22. Rb1 Bf8 23. a4 Na5 24. Rc2 Nc6 25. Kf1 Nb4 26. Rc4 Nd5 27. a5 Kf7 28. Bd2 b6 29. Ne1 Rc7 30. Rxc7+ Nxc7 31. axb6 axb6 32. Nc2 Rb8 33. Ke2 b5 34. Ra1 Rb7 35. Ra5 b4 36. Na1 Be7 37. Nb3 g5 38. h5 Nd5 39. Kd3 Rc7 40. f3 f4 41. g4 Bf8 42. Ra8 Be7 43. Ra6 Bf8 44. Ra1 Be7 45. Ra8 Bf8 46. Na5 Be7 47. Rb8 Bf8 48. Nc4 Rd7 49. Ke4 Ra7 50. Nd6+ Bxd6 51. exd6 Nf6+ 52. Kd3 Nd7 53. Rd8 b3 54. Bc3 Rb7 55. Bb2 Nf6 56. Kc4 Rd7 57. Rxd7+ Nxd7 58. Kxb3 Nb6 {Breaking the blockade When fighting against a knight a bishop usually wants dynamics:} 59. Ba3 $2 { Anish Giri misses the moment to break through.} ({The dymamic} 59. d5 $3 {wins, e.g.} exd5 (59... Nxd5 60. Bg7 Nb6 61. Bxh6 Kf6 62. Bf8 $18) (59... e5 60. Bxe5 Nxd5 61. Bg7 Ke6 62. Bxh6 Kxd6 63. Bxg5 $18) 60. Kb4 Nc4 (60... Nd7 61. Bd4 $18 ) 61. d7 Ke7 62. Bg7 Kxd7 63. Bxh6 Ke6 64. Bxg5 Nd2 65. Bxf4 Nxf3 66. Kc3 Kf6 67. Kd3 Ke6 68. Ke3 Ne1 69. g5 Kf5 70. g6 Ng2+ 71. Kf2 Nxf4 72. g7 $18) 59... Ke8 60. Bc5 ({Now} 60. d5 {can be met by} exd5 61. Bb2 Nc4 62. Bg7 Nd2+ 63. Kc2 Nxf3 64. Bxh6 Ne5 65. Bxg5 f3 66. Kd2 Nxg4 67. h6 Nxh6 68. Bxh6 Kd7 69. Bf4 d4 70. Bg3 Ke6 71. Kd3 Kd7 $11) 60... Nd7 $1 ({The direct} 60... Nd5 $2 {runs into } 61. d7+ Kxd7 62. Bf8 Nf6 63. Bxh6 Nh7 64. Kc4 Kc6 65. Bg7 Kd6 66. Kb5 Kd5 67. Be5 Nf8 68. Bxf4 gxf4 69. g5 Kxd4 70. g6 $18) 61. Kc4 Nf6 62. Kd3 Kd7 63. Bb4 Kc6 64. Kc4 Kd7 65. Kd3 Kc6 66. Kc4 (66. Kc4 Kd7 ({Even} 66... Nd5 $6 {seems to be playable, but it is very close:} 67. d7 Nb6+ 68. Kd3 Nxd7 69. Ke4 Kb5 70. Be1 Kc4 71. Bd2 Nb8 72. Ke5 (72. Bxf4 gxf4 73. Ke5 Nc6+ 74. Kf6 Nxd4 75. g5 Nxf3 76. g6 Nd2 77. g7 f3 78. g8=Q f2 79. Qxe6+ Kd3 $11) 72... Kd3 73. Bxf4 Nc6+ 74. Kxe6 (74. Kf6 Ke2 75. Kg6 (75. Bxg5 Kxf3 76. Bxh6 Kxg4 $11) 75... gxf4 76. g5 hxg5 77. Kxg5 Nd8 78. Kg6 Kxf3 79. h6 Kg2 80. h7 f3 81. h8=Q f2 82. Qxd8 f1=Q $11) 74... Nxd4+ 75. Kf6 gxf4 76. g5 Nxf3 77. gxh6 Ng5 78. Kxg5 f3 79. h7 f2 80. h8=Q f1=Q $11) 67. Kc5 Nd5 68. Ba5 Ne3 69. d5 e5 70. Bc3 Nf1 71. Bxe5 Nd2 72. Bg7 Nxf3 73. Bxh6 Ne5 74. Bxg5 f3 75. Bh4 Nxg4 76. Bg3 f2 77. Bxf2 Nxf2 78. h6 Ne4+ 79. Kd4 Ng5 $11) (66. d7 Kxd7 67. Bf8 Ng8 $11) 1/2-1/2

Karjakin's King

Karjakin, Sergey 1-0 Naiditsch, Arkadij – Karjakin pressed a small advantage throughout the game, but German GM Arkadij Naiditsch (above) was very close to sealing the draw. However a mistake in the very late stages of the game allowed Karjakin to win an important pawn and make his passed a-pawn a real threat in the queen endgame. Naiditsch basically collapsed under pressure. In queen endings mate and stalemate motifs occur often:

[Event "76th Tata Steel Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2014.01.18"] [Round "6"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Naiditsch, A."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E04"] [WhiteElo "2759"] [BlackElo "2718"] [Annotator "Karsten Müller"] [PlyCount "151"] [EventDate "2014.01.11"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 c5 4. d4 Nc6 5. O-O e6 6. c4 dxc4 7. Ne5 Bd7 8. Na3 cxd4 9. Naxc4 Bc5 10. Bf4 Nd5 11. Nxd7 Qxd7 12. Ne5 Nxe5 13. Bxe5 O-O 14. Bxd4 Bxd4 15. Qxd4 Qb5 16. Bxd5 exd5 17. e3 Rfc8 18. b3 h6 19. Rfd1 Rc5 20. Kg2 a5 21. Rac1 Rac8 22. Rxc5 Rxc5 23. Qe5 Qc6 24. Rd4 b6 25. Qf5 Qe6 26. Qd3 Qc6 27. Qf5 Qe6 28. Qd3 Qc6 29. h4 b5 30. a3 g6 31. Qd2 Rc3 32. Rxd5 Rxb3 33. Qd4 Kh7 34. h5 gxh5 35. Qe4+ Qg6 36. Rf5 Kg8 37. Qe8+ Kg7 38. Qe5+ f6 39. Qf4 Qg4 40. Qc7+ Kg6 41. Rf4 Qe6 42. Qxa5 Qc6+ 43. e4 Qe6 44. Qa8 Rc3 45. Kh2 Rc5 46. Qf8 Rc4 47. Qd8 Rxe4 48. Qd3 f5 49. Qxb5 Rxf4 50. gxf4 h4 51. Qe5 Qc6 52. Qe3 Kh5 53. f3 Qg6 54. Qe1 Qc6 55. Qe5 Qg6 56. Qe1 Qc6 57. Kg2 h3+ 58. Kg3 h2 59. Qh1 Qc5 60. Qxh2+ Kg6 61. a4 Qa7 62. Qa2 Qg1+ 63. Qg2 Qe1+ 64. Qf2 Qa1 65. Qb6+ Kh5 {Karjakin's King In queen endings mate and stalemate motifs occur often:} 66. Qe3 $3 {Karjakin safeguards his king powerfully.} (66. a5 $2 {is met by} Qe1+ 67. Kg2 Qd2+ 68. Kh3 Qe2 {and} 69. a6 {can now even be met by} Qxa6 70. Qxa6 { stalemate.}) 66... Qh8 (66... Qxa4 {runs into} 67. Qe6 $18 {[%cal Ge6f7,Ge6f5] as Black has no stalemate trick with his queen.}) 67. a5 Qg8+ 68. Kh3 Qa8 69. Qb3 $6 (69. Qe2 Kg6 (69... Qc6 70. Kg2 Qg6+ 71. Kh1 $18) 70. a6 $18 {is more precise.}) 69... Qe8 $6 (69... Kg6 {is more tenacious, but White will win in the long run, e.g.} 70. Qe6+ Kg7 71. Qe5+ Kg6 72. Kg3 Qa6 73. Qd5 Qf1 74. Qa2 Qg1+ 75. Qg2 Qe1+ (75... Qa1 76. Kh4+ Kf6 77. Kh5 Qxa5 78. Qg6+ Ke7 79. Qg7+ Ke6 80. Qxh6+ Ke7 81. Qg7+ Ke6 82. Kg6 $18) 76. Kh2+ Kh7 77. Qa2 Qh4+ 78. Kg2 Qxf4 79. a6 Qg5+ 80. Kf1 Qc1+ 81. Ke2 f4 (81... Qc7 82. Qd5 $18) 82. Qf7+ Kh8 83. Qe6 Kg7 84. Kd3 Qa3+ 85. Ke4 Qb4+ 86. Kf5 Qf8+ 87. Kg4 $18) 70. a6 Qe7 71. Qb1 Kg6 (71... Qh4+ 72. Kg2 Qxf4 73. a7 Qg5+ (73... Qd2+ 74. Kh3 $18) 74. Kf1 $18) 72. Qg1+ Kh5 73. a7 Qa3 (73... Qh4+ 74. Kg2 Qxf4 75. Qh2+ $18) 74. Kg3 Qa5 75. Qe3 Qd8 76. Qe5 (76. Qe5 Qg8+ (76... Qh4+ 77. Kg2 Qf6 78. a8=Q $18 ({Of course not} 78. Qxf6 $4 {stalemate})) 77. Kh3 Kg6 78. Qd6+ Kh7 79. Qc7+ Kg6 80. Qb6+ Kh7 81. Qb7+ Kg6 82. a8=Q $18) 1-0

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