Bodycheck

by Karsten Müller
11/26/2019 – In pawn endings it is often crucial to stop the enemy king from getting to good squares. Here, the "bodycheck" is an important device that is good to know and to remember.

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ChessBase Magazine 192

Analyses by Giri, Anand, Nisipeanu, Huschenbeth, Vidit, Vitiugov, Tomashevsky and many more. Plus videos by King, Shirov and l'Ami, 11 opening articles with new repertoire ideas and training sessions in strategy, tactics and endgame!

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Highlights of this issue

  • CBM 191Star analyses
    Annotated games by Anand, Giri, Vidit, Vitiugov, Tomashevsky and many more
  • Benoni forever!
    Tanmay Srinath’s active recipe vs. the Four Pawns Attack
  • The Chinese Dragon
    Igor Stohl proves Black is fine after 10…Rb8!?
  • Who surprises whom first?
    Niclas Huschenbeth dissects his World Cup victory over Naiditsch
  • Attacking ideas vs. the Italian Game
    Mihail Marin shows how White succeeds on the kingside
  • An exciting sideline!
    Imre Hera on 4.Qc2 c5 5.dxc5 Na6 in the Nimzo
  • Greek gift details
    Discover with Oliver Reeh stunning points of the classical sacrifice Bxh7+!
  • Queen sac versus Nakamura
    Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu shows his spectacular success from the FIDE World Cup
  • Carlsen-So 1-0!
    Enjoy Karsten Müller’s analysis of this top-notch endgame (video)
  • Revival in the Petroff
    Erwin l’Ami explains why the “new engines” like White’s position in the line 3.d4 Nxe4 4.Bd3 (video)

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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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Karsten Müller Karsten Müller 11/28/2019 04:04
Baldrick: Yes indeed you have a point. Many thanks!
Baldrick Baldrick 11/28/2019 03:21
I have a cunning plan! The solution is not very difficult to find even in a game situation, but sometimes explaining the difference between two moves can be more complicated :)
69...Kc4 is obviously the correct move, but however the analyze after 69...Kc3? is not good!
This is better:
69...Kc3 70. Kb7 a5! (best try) 71.Kxb6 a4 72.Kc5! (this move is not possible with 69...Kc4 and the reason why I say the analyze after 69...Kc3 is not good). 72...Kb3 73.Kd4 Kxa3 74.Kc3 and here I stop since it should be obvious that we have a drawn position.
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