A passed pawn is still a pawn

by Karsten Müller
11/20/2018 – A passed pawn on the seventh can be very strong. But sometimes the pawn cannot queen and remains just a pawn.

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.


A critical choice

White has a pawn on the seventh, but Black's a-pawn proves to be equally dangerous if only Black can find the right plan.


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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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Karsten Müller Karsten Müller 11/22/2018 10:14
Yes, you are right: 70.Nb3 resp 70...Rxg7+ are more accurate.
Denix Denix 11/22/2018 09:25
I think more accurate for White is is 70. Nb3 Rxg7+ 71. Rxg7 Kxb3 72. Ra7 =

Also for Black 70. ... Rxg7+ 71. Rxg7 a1Q
Karsten Müller Karsten Müller 11/21/2018 09:25
A very good question. One way to win is 68.Nd4 Rc4 69.g8Q Rxd4+ and now the king can escape the desperado rook, e.g. 70.Kf5 Rf4+ 71.Ke6 Rf6+ 72.Kd5 Rf5+ 73.Kc4 Rxb5 74.Kxb5 and White wins as his king is just inside the winning zone a5-d5-d4-e4-e1.
FiestaFrascati FiestaFrascati 11/20/2018 07:35
After 65...a3 66. Rxb5+ Ka1 67. Ne2, why can't black play 67...a2 and play with stalemate tricks?