12/31/2009 – After the final rounds of the Russian Championship, our endgames expert Karsten
Müller casts an eye back at the remarkable and extremely original endgame Timofeev-Khismatullin
from round five. The position in the diagram arose after 50.bxa5, after which
the two black rooks had to take up the fight against four linked passed pawns
and a knight – and it turned out to be hopeless for them.
Karsten Müller shows you for CBM
Online how this unusual position came about and how the
12/17/2009 – ... of the Najdorf used to be one of the favourite weapons of Bobby Fischer when he wanted to play for the full point (i.e. practically always). Nowadays many lines have been analysed out to a draw, yet the fascinating complications keep on attracting players. This position occurred at the last Bundesliga weekend. After
28...Ra7, which assessment is true in your opinion:
A) Black has a won position;
B) White must give perpetual check;
C) he actually wins.
1/1/2010 – ... of White in the diagram position was obvious, yet with
24...Qb6 Black had produced the double threat 25...Bxa3 and 25...Nxe5 26.Bxe5 Rxe5. How would you assess the position now?
A) White can win material;
B) he is optically better, but there is nothing concrete;
C) looks are deceptive, the first player is on the defence.
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