CBM Blog: The overgrown pawn and the South Eastern Corner

10/11/2011 – Today we are going to learn, from our resident endgame expert, how to open up an apparently impregnable fortress in a bishop and pawn ending; and where, geographically, the rook belongs when defending a R vs R+2P ending. GM Karsten Müller, whose is well known from his ChessBase Magazine video contributions, explains it all in his didactically annotated examples.

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The overgrown pawn

In bishop endings fortresses often play an important role. At first sight this seems to be a case in point. But this is deceptive. How did Black break through ?

The South Eastern Corner

The rook ending with a and c-pawn is notoriously difficult to defend. Especially the rook must often work wonders:

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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