Sometimes a good team: rook and knight

by Karsten Müller
7/3/2018 – Usually, the endgame rook and knight vs rook is a draw when no more pawns are left on the board. But when the defending king is caught in the corner the attacking side sometimes has winning chances.

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ChessBase Magazine #184

The editor’s top ten:

  1. CBM 184The deciding moment in the candidates tournament: Fabiano Caruana annotates his final round victory over Grischuk.
  2. “Fresh and unexpected”: Vladimir Kramnik explains how he crushed Aronian with Black after innovating with 7…Rg8.
  3. A new plan against the Najdorf? Peter Heine Nielsen annotates Carlsen's successful experiment with 5.Qd2!? in Shamkir.
  4. “Fantastic fighting game”: Karsten Mueller analyses the endgame in the trail-blazing duel between Kramnik and Caruana (video)
  5. Salvation after a series of draws: Ding Liren comments on his win over Mamedyarov in the candidates tournament.
  6. Attack like a WCh challenger: Find the best continuation – “Move by Move“ with Simon Williams in the game Meier-Caruana!
  7. “Domination on both flanks”: enjoy Daniel King’s video analysis of the game Caruana-Aronian and let him whip up some enthusiasm for the Ruy Lopez!
  8. A popular weapon against the Najdorf: let Robert Ris introduce you to the secrets of the variation with 7.Nf3.
  9. “Like Karpov in his prime”: Rustam Kasimdzhanov annotates Caruana's win over MVL at the Grenke Chess Classic.
  10. Promising in the long term: Yannick Pelletier recommends 6…h6 in the Vienna Variation of the Queen's Gambit (video)


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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Álvaro Pereira Álvaro Pereira 7/5/2018 02:44
If 100.Rb5? Rh7!, then I think the point of the intermediate 100.Rb2! should be explained. Anyway, is not so difficult: 100...Ka1 101.Rb5 Rh7 102.Sb3, mating soon.
Karsten Müller Karsten Müller 7/4/2018 04:29
Sampru has a point. So I add: 101...Ra7!? 102.Kc2 Ra2+ 103.Kc1 Ra8 104.Rb4 zugzwang 104...Ra7 105.Rb1+ Ka2 106.Rb2+ Ka3 107.Kb1 Rb7 108.Nxb7 +- or 104...Ka2 105.Kc2 Ka1 106.Na4 +-.
psamant psamant 7/4/2018 07:52
Wow... this was tough!
Sampru Sampru 7/4/2018 02:21
Interesting endgame. I tried 100 Rb2+ Ka3 101 Rb5 but couldn't work out the far from trivial win after 101...Ra7!? which I believe should be included in the solution.