Too much distance

by Karsten Müller
10/27/2020 – Sometimes keeping distance is a good idea but in chess isolated pawns are usually weaker and more vulnerable than connected pawns. The diagram position is a good example. What did Black play?

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Karsten Mueller regularly presents endgame lessons in the ChessBase Video Portal


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 10/28/2020 06:32
Good point! The endgame is indeed very subtle...
Frits Fritschy Frits Fritschy 10/28/2020 06:06
White could defend even more subtly with 63 Kd3 a4 64 Kc3!?, as this time 64... Kg6? is a tablebase draw after 65 Kc4! b5+ [65... b6 66 Kc3!] 66 Kb4 Kf7 67 h5 Kf6 6 h6 Kg6 6 e5 Kxh6 70 Kc5 Kg7 71 Kd6 a3 72 e6 a2 73 e7 a1D 74 e8D. Of course the immediate 64... b5 wins, as it makes the Zugzwang with Kc4 impossible.
Karsten Müller Karsten Müller 10/28/2020 01:30
Flávio Patricio Doro: Very good point. Definitely worth mentioning. Many thanks!
Flávio Patricio Doro Flávio Patricio Doro 10/28/2020 11:39
An interesting position arises if White choses to keep the pawns in the fourth rank instead: 63.Kd3 a4 64.Kc4 b5+ 65.Kb4, intending to oscillate with his King between a3 and b4. I was quite surprised to find that 65...Kg6!! is the only way to win! (65...Kf6 66.h5!=)
Karsten Müller Karsten Müller 10/28/2020 09:51
brian8871: Interesting point. But of course Brodsky would have converted easily with Q against N. In a bullet game it might be much more difficult of course...
brian8871 brian8871 10/27/2020 09:37
If White really wants to annoy his opponent, he should play 72. e8=N+! Sure, you can convert the win with a tablebase, but it might not be so easy in OTB play.