CBM training: Endgames from the US Championships

5/18/2012 – Gata Kamsky is currently in the sole lead, Hikaru Nakamura is trying to catch him. Our ChessBase Magazin author Dr Karsten Müller has been following the games and extracting the ones with interesting and instructive endgames. His analysis and annotations will help you to improve your technique in this vital section of the game and give your Elo rating a boost.

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Mate or Stalemate

When the defender has almost no moves and the defending king almost no squares this can be a sign for a coming mating attack or a stalemate defense:

The bishop in the prison

Same colored bishop endings have a large drawish tendency, but the defending bishop should be active:

The bishop in the prison – 2

When pieces have no room the alarm bells should be ringing:

Zenyuk's Surprise

Even a bishop has to be careful not to be dominated by a knight and pawns:

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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