Escape artist

by Karsten Müller
11/15/2017 – Passed pawns often lead to exciting tactics. They invite sacrifices and can lead to mating attacks that have to be calculated carefully. But sometimes the tactical possibilities are even more sophisticated.

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Quiet tactics

Tactics are exciting, in the middlegame and in the endgame. Pieces and pawns are captured and sacrificed, kings are mated, checks are given, passed pawns queen, and so on. But it pays to search for quiet, hidden tactcs, e.g. keeping the enemy king safely locked up.


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The editor’s top ten: 

  1. Hou Yifan’s temptation: the ex-women’s world champion shows how, cool as ice, she countered Bacrot in the traditional tournament in Biel.
  2. Perfect start: Teimour Radjabov annotates his win with Black against the almost unbeatable Anish Giri at the Grand Prix in Geneva.
  3. "Simple is good!" Together with GM Simon Williams find the simple but strong winning moves in the game Radjabov-Eljanov. (Video)
  4. Are you as fast as Vishy Anand? With Oliver Reeh solve one of the deepest winning combinations in this issue. (Video)
  5. No simple play in the “Double English“: let GM Mihail Marin bring you up to date on the opening after 1.c4 c5.
  6. Vishy Anand and the Steckner proof: Karsten Müller presents high class technique in a classical rook ending. (Video)
  7. Brakes applied to the Accelerated Dragon: let Renato Quintiliano show you a tricky positional plan for White.
  8. Unprejudiced world champion: Peter Heine Nielsen annotates Carlsen’s successful premiere with the Bird Opening (1.f4) on the Grand Chess Tour.
  9. With the Catalan bishop against the Rubinstein French: Jonas Lampert shows you why you may hope for an advantage with 5.g3! (Video)
  10. "King in the box": enjoy the unforgettable mating patterns in Efstratrios Grivas’ FIDE training course.


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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Poderchenko1 Poderchenko1 11/18/2017 10:18
I would like a line for 1.Re1. It seems an option.
Frits Fritschy Frits Fritschy 11/16/2017 01:13
It seems 91... Kc7 was the way for black to win [not 91... Kc6 92 Rxa2 Rxa2?? 93 gQ c1Q 94 Qc8+, or 91... c1Q 92 Rxc1 a1Q 93 g8Q! - 93 Rxa1? Rxa1 94 g8Q Rf1+ 95 Kg7 Rg1+ - 93... Qxc1 94 Qxa8 Qf4+ 95 Kg6 is a book draw], as the king can now safely cross over to the b-file.
royce campbell royce campbell 11/15/2017 07:33
There is a peeve here with the way many of these problems are presented, this one included. The original diagram asks for the proper move, and one is encouraged to find that move on the interactive display. However, the correct move is often a paranthetical to the move actually played in the game, so that it is actually the bad move that triggers the solution to be shown. This is inelegant, and can be corrected with the inclusion of a pair of brackets, one before the diagram, yet still keeping the game score intact. It is much more satisfying to see the solution appear after correctly deciding what it is! It has almost become the game to choose the move the player made instead of the best one.