The umbrella

by Karsten Müller
3/19/2019 – Umbrellas are useful, in real life and in chess. In chess endgames pawns often work as an umbrella and protect the king from checks by the enemy rook.

Chess Endgames 8 - Practical Rook Endgames Chess Endgames 8 - Practical Rook Endgames

Rook endings are amongst the most frequently encountered endgames there are, and so your training effort will be quickly repaid in the form of half and full points. Knowing even a few rules of thumb and key methods makes life a great deal easier and provides a guiding light even in complex positions. This DVD focuses on the important themes which are to be found in common rook endings.

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Shelter me

Don't get caught in by an untimely downpour of checks!

 

Karsten Mueller 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.

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

Karsten Mueller

Karsten Mueller regularly presents endgame lessons in the ChessBase Video Portal


ChessBase Magazine 188

Tata Steel 2019 with analyses by Anish Giri, Vishy Anand, Vidit, Peter Svidler etc. Yannick Pelletier, Erwin l'Ami and Mihail Marin present selected games in video format. Plus 11 opening articles with new repertoire ideas, e.g. Dutch with 2.Bg5!?

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Highlights of this issue

  • CBM 184Tata Steel — Analysis by Giri, Anand, Vidit, Svidler, Nielsen, Adhiban, Hübner and more
  • "One of the best games from 2018" — Go king hunting with Simon Williams — Move by Move!
  • Black has all the fun — Rainer Knaak presents the forcing piece sacrifice 5…Bc5 in the Ponziani Opening
  • Counter the King's Gambit immediately — Daniel King’s video instruction shows you what to do with Black after 2...exf4 3.Nf3 d5!?
  • Aggressive against the Dutch — Romain Edouard recommends the immediate provocation 2.Bg5!
    ...and much more!

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Karsten Müller, born 1970, has a world-wide reputation as one of the greatest endgame experts. He has, together with Frank Lamprecht, written a book on the subject: “Fundamental Chess Endgames” in addition to other contributions such as his column on the website ChessCafe as well as in ChessBase Magazine. Müller's ChessBase-DVDs about endgames in Fritztrainer-Format are bestsellers. The PhD in mathematics lives in Hamburg, where he has also been hunting down points for the HSK in the Bundesliga for many years.
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