King against pawns

by Karsten Müller
1/19/2021 – Pawn endings require precise calculation. Here, Black's king is stronger than White's outside passed pawn. Black to play and 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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Chess Endgames 1 - Basic knowledge for beginners

Endgame theory constitutes the foundation of chess. You realize this in striking clarity once you obtain a won endgame but in the end have to be content with a draw in the end because of a lack of necessary know-how. Such accidents can only be prevented by building up a solid endgame technique. This is Karsten Müller‘s fi rst DVD and the grandmaster from Hamburg and endgame expert, here lays the foundation for acquiring such a technique. The fi rst part of his training series can be started without any endgame knowledge, only a knowledge of the rules of chess is assumed.


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.

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ChessBase Magazine Extra #198

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

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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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Peter B Peter B 1/19/2021 11:26
The computer evaluation next to the board gives the answer away!
Karsten Müller Karsten Müller 1/19/2021 11:59
From GM Jonas Lampert:
"Hallo Karsten!

Ich hätte zwei Ergänzungsvorschläge für dein interessantes Endspiel aus
der Partie zwischen Dubov-Artemiev auf Chessbase:

In dem Beispiel "König gegen Raketenbauern" ("King against pawns") auf
Chessbase sollte aus meiner Sicht erwähnt werden, dass in der
Ausgangsstellung auch 58...a4 (statt 58...Kc4) gewinnt. Nach 59.h4 würde
b4 klar gewinnen. Nach 59.Ke3, Kc4 ergibt sich eine Zugumstellung zu
deiner Hauptvariante. Auch wenn sich darüber natürlich trefflich
streiten lässt, erscheint mir 58...a4 die "menschlichere" Lösung als
58...Kc4, da es einen Bauern in Richtung Umwandlung bringt und den
schwarzen König flexibel hält. Jedenfalls könnte man aber beide
Varianten angeben.

Außerdem finde ich den Satz im Anfangstext des Artikels "Hier bremst der
König den Raketenbauern aus." irreführend. Zunächst dachte ich der
schwarze König soll den h-Bauern als Raketenbauern ausbremsen. Ich
glaube aber, du meinst die schwarzen Bauern als Raketenbauern und den
weißen König, der diese ausbremst. Diese aber werden vom weißen König in
der Aufgabe ja gerade nicht ausgebremst, sondern die schwarzen Bauern
gewinnen das Rennen.

LG Jonas"
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