Endgames from the Biel Triathlon

by Karsten Müller
8/13/2023 – The 56th edition of the Biel Chess Festival saw Le Quang Liem successfully defending his title in the Grandmaster Triathlon, an innovative event featuring classical, rapid and blitz sections. As ever, GM Karsten Müller attentively followed the action, and found outstanding endgame positions to share with us. Find here six instructive endings from the unique event! | Photo: Official site

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Material imbalances in Navara’s games

The ever-creative David Navara did not shy away from entering highly imbalanced positions in Biel. Facing Vincent Keymer, he demonstrated that an advanced passer can make up for an exchange deficit, while against Arjun Erigaisi, he reached an endgame with a rook and a pawn against six pawns!

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David Navara

David Navara

Keymer’s endgame technique

Recently, Vincent Keymer defeated Magnus Carlsen for the first time in his career and entered the world’s top-30 in the live ratings list. A month earlier, he had shown his technical prowess in Biel. The German prodigy defeated the two top seeds — Yu Yangyi and Le Quang Liem — in the classical section of the Triathlon.

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vincent Keymer

Vincent Keymer

The importance of activity

Activity is often crucial in endgames, as demonstrated by Yu Yangyi and Le Quang Liem in their games against Bassem Amin and Bogdan-Daniel Deac.

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Le Quang Liem

Le Quang Liem

Magical Chess Endgames Vol. 1 & 2 + The magic of chess tactics

In over 4 hours in front of the camera, Karsten Müller presents to you sensations from the world of endgames - partly reaching far beyond standard techniques and rules of thumb - and rounds off with some cases of with own examples.


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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