Aronian vs. MVL: A fascinating endgame

by Karsten Müller
1/4/2021 – The Airthings Masters brought a lot of interesting endgames. One such endgame occurred in the decisive game of the semifinal match between Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave: Aronian had bishop and knight and tried to convert an extra pawn against the pair of bishops. After inaccuracies from both sides Aronian finally won and advanced to the final. Zoran Petronijevic had a close look.

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Winning against the bishops pair

It is not easy to win against the bishops, but after a long and complicated struggle Levon Aronian was successful. Time-trouble led to several mistakes from both players – as Zoran Petronijevic found out:


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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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