Be careful when exchanging

by Karsten Müller
2/24/2015 – "Take care" is a good advice but people are often to careless to follow it. In life this can hurt, in chess one careless moment can ruin hours of concentration and effort. Imagine you reach a won endgame after 50 moves and all it takes to win is the right exchange. Here, it pays to be careful. Karsten Müller shows you how to train this valuable skill.

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Be careful when exchanging


Black to move. The right continuation is 52... Bxc3, 52... Bxe3+ or 52... hxg3+?



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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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X iLeon aka DMG X iLeon aka DMG 2/25/2015 02:42
Message for Carsten: firstly Hi! :) Love your educational work on endgames ever since I got your FCE a few years back. With regards to today's puzzle, I'd like to make a comment perhaps other people agree with. After x hours of play, it is easy to go on auto and miss the correct move above, however with a fresh pair of eyes it's a no brainer how to exchange. What however was not as obvious to me (and I am relatively new to competitive chess - 4 months/30+ games at 43 - any chances I might become the OLDESTchess champ in history? ;) was the follow up g4!!