CBM training: US Championships revisited

6/3/2012 – "Please consider having Karsten annotate the game from the final round between Melekina-Ni," wrote Michael Bacon from Asheville, USA. "Melekina had a winning position, but let it slip in the ending, something I, and many others, have done all too often." Our ChessBase Magazin endgame expert Dr Karsten Müller was happly to comply and sent us four endgames from the tournament.

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Race of the passed pawn

The most important factor in such a race is, which passed pawn is most dangerous:


The Fischer endgame

The endgame rook and bishop against rook and knight, where the side with the bishop holds the advantage, is also called Fischer endgame, as the famous American World Champion won so many instructive games with this material balance:


The spare tempo

In pawn endings every tempo counts:


Nakamura's King

It is often difficult to evaluate, if many passed pawns can be stopped or not:


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.

Click to go to the ChessBase Magazine page

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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