CBM training: Endgames from Plovdiv

3/24/2012 – The European Individual Championship is under way, with almost 350 participants, fifteen of whom are rated over 2700. It is clear there there are some interesting endgame battles, and our ChessBase Magazin expert Dr Karsten Müller has selected four intructive examples for you. Use them to hone your endgame skills and give yourself a weekend Elo boost.

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The Cage

The fight of rook against bishop can be very long and complicated:


Closing the doors

Same colored bishop endings also have a drawish tendency. Sometimes even an extra pawn is not enough to win:


Via the kingside to the queenside

Sometimes the king must march a long way:

The Andersson endgame

I suggest to call endgames rook and knight against rook and bishop, where the knight has the advantage, Andersson endgame, as the Swedish grandmaster handles the knight like no other:


Karsten Müller in ChessBase Magazine

Do you like these lessons? There are plenty more by internationally renowned endgame expert Dr Karsten Müller in ChessBase Magazine, where you will also find openings articles and surveys, tactics, and of course annotations by the world's top grandmasters.

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Apart from his regular columns and video lectures in ChessBase Magazine there is a whole series of training DVDs by Karsten Müller, which are bestsellers in the ChessBase Shop.



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