Carlsen, Dubov and So showcase their endgame prowess

by Karsten Müller
6/16/2023 – The Aimchess Rapid Play-In featured a number of top-notch grandmasters, who had to go through a difficult open event to fight for a spot in the next stage of the Champions Chess Tour. Magnus Carlsen, Wesley So, Levon Aronian and Eduardo Iturrizaga made it through in the end. GM Karsten Müller followed the games closely and highlighted a few instructive endgames for us to learn from. Find here four examples which showcase the technical ability of Carlsen, So, Daniil Dubov and Bogdan-Daniel Deac. | Photo: Alina l’Ami

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Magnus’ mighty knight

A well-known endgame wizard, Magnus Carlsen did not falter while making the most of his knight in a technical setup with knight and pawn against bishop.

So finds zugzwang

Wesley So used the sharpest endgame weapon there is, zugzwang, to beat Kacper Drozdowski in a bishop vs knight endgame.

Dubov shows how it’s done

A bishop’s pawn on the seventh rank can sometimes draw against a queen. But friendly pawns can do more harm than good and might end up preventing this defensive resource. Daniil Dubov had the queen against Srinath Narayanan’s pair of pawns, and showed how to convert the material advantage into a full point.

Deac outplays Bacrot

In a battle of generations, veteran Etienne Bacrot failed to find the correct way to simplify into a rook endgame. Bogdan-Daniel Deac made the most of his opponent’s mistake and went on to win the game.

Endgames of the World Champions from Fischer to Carlsen

Let endgame expert Dr Karsten Müller show and explain the finesses of the world champions. Although they had different styles each and every one of them played the endgame exceptionally well, so take the opportunity to enjoy and learn from some of the best endgames in the history of chess.


Karsten Müller is considered to be one of the greatest endgame experts in the world. His books on the endgame - among them "Fundamentals of Chess Endings", co-authored with Frank Lamprecht, that helped to improve Magnus Carlsen's endgame knowledge - and his endgame columns for the ChessCafe website and the ChessBase Magazine helped to establish and to confirm this reputation. Karsten's Fritztrainer DVDs on the endgame are bestsellers. The mathematician with a PhD lives in Hamburg, and for more than 25 years he has been scoring points for the Hamburger Schachklub (HSK) in the Bundesliga.


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