CBM training: Vancura's Draw, a duel in the mine field

12/14/2011 – The London Chess Classic is over, so it's back to work and training for us. In his popular ChessBase Magazine section our resident endgame expert GM Karsten Müller presents us with three positions from recent games, demonstrating how important it is to know certain theoretical positions and motifs. Following his instructions is one quick way of improving your practical playing strength.

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Vancura's Famous Draw

In rook endings it is very important to know theoretical positions and motifs. One of them is Vancura's defensive concept:

Deceptive Simplicity

Pawn endings look easy and simple but they are not. Please try to solve the following position yourself first and calculate to the end!

Duel in the Mine Field

Simplification into a pawn ending must always be considered carefully:

Karsten Müller in ChessBase Magazine

Do you like these lessons? There are plenty more by the 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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