The king is a strong piece

by Karsten Müller
1/23/2018 – Steinitz often emphasised the strength of the king. Of course, kings are particularly strong in the endgame because they are less vulnerable with fewer pieces on the board. But even if you can no longer mate the enemy king, you should keep a good eye on him.

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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.

Apart from his regular columns and video lectures in ChessBase Magazine there is a whole series of training DVDs by Karsten Müller, which are bestsellers in the ChessBase Shop.

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ChessBase Magazine #181 (December/January)

The editor’s top ten: 

  1. Counter-puncher Carlsen: Peter Heine Nielsen shows how, cool as ice, the world champion seized his chance against Caruana in the IoM.
  2. Calculate correctly: test your calculation of variations with Oliver Reeh in his interactive tactics video!
  3. The improved Grand Prix Attack: let Simon Williams enthuse you for 2.Be2 against the Sicilian.
  4. Tricks in a double rook ending: Karsten Müller shows you the key points in Aronian-Vachier Lagrave from the World Cup (video)
  5. Drum roll with a long echo: Max Illingworth sums up what Grischuk's 6...Bc5 has set in motion in the theory of the English Opening.
  6. What's new in the King's Indian Attack? Let Igor Stohl bring you bang up to date.
  7. Surviving despite -+(4,84): David Navara explains how he saved the draw with a rook against a queen and despite being a pawn down.
  8. Attack, attack, attack: let Aronian's second Ashot Nadanian show you how the Armenian notched up his first win in the World Cup final.
  9. Doubled is better: find the diversionary motif in Khalifman-Ehlvest from the FIDE training course of Efstratios Grivas.
  10. World Cup decider: enjoy one of the most spectacular tiebreaks in Daniel King's video analysis!

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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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royce campbell royce campbell 1/23/2018 03:22
At the risk of sounding repetitive, ...

"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."
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