CBM Blog: The Fortress and a Cavalry Attack

8/17/2011 – This all sounds very militaristic, but after all chess was originally a war game. Our endgame expert Dr. Karsten Müller gives us a lesson in the art of battle on the chessboard, with the construction of a fortress and a cavalry attack by a lone knight. The examples come from the Women's Grand Prix that just ended in Rostov, where the strongest female players gave us these valuable lessons.

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The Fortress

One of the main weapons of a knight against a bishop is the construction of a fortress.

Cavalry Attack

Usually a bishop is more mobile than a knight. But there are exceptions to almost every rule in chess. Here White's knight performs real wonders and seems to be present almost everywhere on the board.

Since 1988 grandmaster Dr. Karsten Müller from Hamburg has been playing for the Hamburger Schachklub in the Bundesliga, and in 1996 and 1997 he finished third in the German Championship. As an internationally renowned endgame expert he is the author of the endgame column in the ChessBase Magazine and the author of the Endgame Corner column on ChessCafe.com.

You will find a whole series of his very popular endgame DVD in the ChessBase Shop here.


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