A really bad bishop

by Karsten Müller
2/4/2020 – Endings with opposite-coloured bishops are often a draw. But in the diagram position Black has a really bad bishop and that allows White to win.

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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A path to Zugzwang

Not all opposite-coloured bishop endgames are drawn.

 

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


First Steps in Endgames

If you want to become a strong player you have to study the endgame. That's just the way it is. Andrew Martin's DVD 'First Steps in Endgames' offers a superb introduction for players rated below 1600.


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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Karsten Müller Karsten Müller 2/6/2020 04:10
68...Kb6 loses to 69.Bb1 Kc7 70.Kf6 Kb6 71.Kf5 and Black is in deadly zugzwang.
brian8871 brian8871 2/5/2020 07:04
After 66. Bf5 Kc5 67. Kd7 b2 White wins with 68.Ke6 Kd4 69. Bb1 Kc5 70. Ba2 analogously to the game.

Or Black could play 68... Kb6, leaving White no way to make progress.
Karsten Müller Karsten Müller 2/4/2020 11:05
After 66. Bf5 Kc5 67. Kd7 b2 White wins with 68.Ke6 Kd4 69. Bb1 Kc5 70. Ba2 analogously to the game.
brian8871 brian8871 2/4/2020 09:41
After 66. Bf5 Kc5 67. Kd7 b2! I don't see a way for White to win after that.
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