Slalom

by Karsten Müller
1/14/2020 – Stalemate can cause trouble. Black can win in the diagram, but not straightforwardly.

Endgames of the World Champions from Fischer to Carlsen Endgames of the World Champions from Fischer to Carlsen

Let endgame expert Dr Karsten Müller show and explain the finesses of the world champions. Although they had different styles each and every one of them played the endgame exceptionally well, so take the opportunity to enjoy and learn from some of the best endgames in the history of chess.

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Desperado rook

White is counting on a stalemate trick to save him. How can Black thwart his plans?

 

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


Chess Endgames 1 to 14

All endgame DVDs by Karsten Müller in one package! More than 70 hours of instruction! from "Basic knowledge for beginners" (volume 1) to "Practical Rook Endgames" (volume 8) to the ever-popular "Golden Guidelines of Endgame Play" (volume 14).

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Highlights of this issue

  • CBM 193Top players annotate
    Caruana, So, Jones, Wang Hao, Duda, McShane, Vitiugov, Vidit, Yu Yangyi, Huschenbeth and many more
  • The truth about Traxler
    Renato Quintiliano clarifies 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5
  • "When even I am sacrificing a piece …"
    Anish Giri shows a swift kingside attack from Batumi, introduced by the rook manoeuvre Ra3-g3!
  • Me and the new engines
    Tanmay Srinath rams the Berlin Defence
  • Korchnoi's French Endgame 
    Mihail Marin’s recommendation goes far beyond the opening
  • Playing the Marshall anyway!
    Simon Williams discusses Daniil Dubov’s 8…d5 in the Anti-Marshall (video)
  • "Simple and strong!"
    Oliver Reeh invites you to a straightforward attack on the king to end with an Epaulettes mate! (video)
  • Busted on the square g4!
    Jan-Krzysztof Duda analyses his endgame victory over Yu Yangyi from the Hamburg Grand Prix
  • With umbrella and body-check!
    Let Karsten Müller show you how to succeed in rook endgames – instructive and practical!
  • "I don't mind playing opening lines from both sides"
    Pentala Harikrishna explains his victory over Adhiban with the Benoni at the IOM (video)
  • Dubov gem!
    Igor Stohl analyzes the stunner Dubov-Svane from Batumi – from the opening duel to the mate final!

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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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macauley macauley 1/15/2020 01:04
@Frits Fritschy - I suspect in December we simply didn't know about the study in this column, since it was yet to be published. But yesterday I asked Karsten and he explained that he had indeed shown it during their training session. So "composed" in the Dec 25 post was a bit of a misnomer. But let's not make a mountain out of a molehill.
Frits Fritschy Frits Fritschy 1/14/2020 10:11
Joshua Green has a point. The 25 dec. article said: "That evening in the City Park he started composing a second study. This is what he came up with: [followed with the said position]". A twelve-year old may be excused, but normally it isn't very nice to appropriate someone else's work. Or a chessbase editor got it wrong and should take the blame.
macauley macauley 1/14/2020 08:31
@Joshua Green - There's a simple explanation in that Karsten showed him that study. So, indeed it's actually derivative.
Joshua Green Joshua Green 1/14/2020 12:08
Something is screwy here, as the Levin, Guy - Axelrod, Arie endgame is IDENTICAL (with colors reversed) to an endgame study in the 2019 Chessbase Christmas puzzles that was (supposedly) composed by Sha, Dev.
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