Bishops are strong

by Karsten Müller
10/30/2018 – Far advanced pawns are dangerous but that is no reason to panic. A strong bishop is often more than capable of coping with them.

Chess Endgames 9 - Rook and Minor Piece Chess Endgames 9 - Rook and Minor Piece

Endings with rook and minor piece against rook and minor piece occur very frequently, even more often than rook endings, yet there's not much literature on them. This endgame DVD fills this gap. The four different material constellations rook and knight vs rook and knight, rooks and opposite coloured (and same coloured ) bishops and rook and bishop vs rook and knight are dealt with. In view of the different material constellations Karsten Mueller explains many guidelines like e.g. "With knights even a small initiative weighs heavily".


Halt the passers

The white pawns are running. What's the best way to stop them?


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.


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.

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

ChessBase Magazine #186

The editor’s top ten:

  1. CBM 184Nimble knights against mighty bishops: Ian Nepomniachtchi reveals to you the subtleties of his win against Kramnik.
  2. Pseudo-fortress cracked open! Let Peter Heine Nielsen show you how at the very last minute Carlsen drew level with Caruana and Aronian in Saint Louis.
  3. Masterpiece with rook sacrifice: Enjoy Daniel King’s video analysis of Aronian-Grischuk from the Sinquefield Cup.
  4. Attack! Attack! Attack!” Together with GM Simon Williams carry out a deadly attack, studded with numerous sacrifices.
  5. Ten moves to your goal: Accompany Oliver Reeh "Step by step to checkmate". (Video)
  6. You think you have seen it all? Then take a look at "Nakamuras incredible win of a pawn".
  7. A dangerous and fun way to play”: Let Simon Williams make you an enthusiast of the Sicilian Wing Gambit! (Video)
  8. Mutual Isolanis": Strategy expert Mihail Marin explains the subtleties of the piece play with isolated d-pawns.
  9. Active on move three: Our new author Robert Hungaski shows how to accelerate matters with Black in the Queen's Gambit Accepted.
  10. A zugzwang to imitate: Let endgame expert Karsten Müller demonstrate the winning technique to you by means of the game Kovalev-Kramnik.


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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Former Prodigy Former Prodigy 6/11/2019 09:15
The example is nice, but I am wondering why the most natural move 60.a6 (after 58...Rb3 59.Rxb3 Bxb3) has not been analysed. While I managed to find 60...Be6 61.Ke4 Bc4! 62.a7 Bd5+ 63.Kf5 Ke7!, when Black can support his passed pawn with a king, White can also try an inhuman move 61.Kd3!?, when the way to Black's victory is less straightforward. He wins by attacking the a6-pawn from behind (perhaps from b5 or f1) at an opportune moment, anyway. Still, it seems to me that 60.a6 is White's best bet.
David Navara, Czech Republic
Peter B Peter B 11/1/2018 12:35
@hkbn white draws by playing 67 Kf4 and then just shuffles his K between f4 and e5, capturing the black pawn as soon as black plays f4 or moves the B off the diagonal. Then the only way black can try to win is by covering b7 with his bishop and bringing the king to help; but as soon as black moves his king onto the d file white plays b7, black plays Bxb7, and then white plays Kxf5. Same if black goes after the a pawn, white meets Kxa6 with b7 Bxb7 Kxf5. The difference in the winning continuation is that the bishop gets in position to cover the white pawns BEFORE the white king can threaten the black f pawn.
hkbn hkbn 10/31/2018 08:22
Why doesn't black play 66.... f5 instead of 66.... Bd7 in the drawn game? Isn't that winning for black?