The king is a strong piece

by Karsten Müller
2/9/2021 – Opposite coloured bishop endings have drawish tendencies but in the diagram position it is difficult to see how Black can stop White's connected passed pawns. However, Wesley So showed why the king is a strong piece and saved the game for Black.

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.



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.

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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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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


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 2/9/2021 03:43
Kevin Cotreau points out:
"Hi Karsten,

Although I am aware that sometimes you can defend opposite-colored-bishop endings by attacking the pawns from behind, I am sure that not everyone knows that. Thus, in your analysis, there is a move that leaves the f6 pawn hanging, and it may make some weaker players wonder about that.

While there are millions of similar ways to do this, you might want to add this analysis, or something like it to show how white cannot make progress: 65. Bxf6 Kd3 66. Kc5 Bf7 67. Kb4 Kc2 (or this even 67... Be8 68. c5 Kc2 69. Ka3 Bc6 70. b4 Kd3 71. Kb3 Bb5) 68. Ka4 Be8+ 69. Ka3 Kd3 70. c5 Kc2 71. Kb4 Bc6 72. Kc4 Bf3 73. b4 Be2+ 74. Kd5 Kb3 and white cannot make progress.

All the best,