No-go squares

by Karsten Müller
1/15/2019 – Pawn endings, more so than other endgames, lead to a decisive result. They require precise play and good theoretical knowledge.

Chess Endgames 1 - Basic knowledge for beginners Chess Endgames 1 - Basic knowledge for beginners

Endgame theory constitutes the foundation of chess. You realize this in striking clarity once you obtain a won endgame but in the end have to be content with a draw in the end because of a lack of necessary know-how. Such accidents can only be prevented by building up a solid endgame technique. This is Karsten Müller‘s fi rst DVD and the grandmaster from Hamburg and endgame expert, here lays the foundation for acquiring such a technique. The fi rst part of his training series can be started without any endgame knowledge, only a knowledge of the rules of chess is assumed.

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Meet Baehr's rule (a.k.a. Bahr's rule)

As with many king and pawn endgames, the concept of opposition plays an important role.

Walter Baehr was a theoretician of chess endgames, chess composer and chess player in the 1930s.

 

Power Play 15 - Practical Pawn Endgames

Based on his own playing experience, Grandmaster Daniel King reveals what is essential knowledge, saving you time in your studies. In the first section of the DVD he takes you through typical motifs and themes. In the second section he tests your knowledge with typical scenarios from actual games.
Video: 4 hours.

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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.

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Karsten Mueller regularly presents endgame lessons in the ChessBase Video Portal

 

The best of ChessBase Magazine #187:

  • CBM 184WCh match London 2018
    Anand, So, Gelfand, Duda, Shankland, Navara, Adams, etc. annotate the games
  • Take and smile! 
    Daniel Naroditski has a new recipe for White in the London System with 4.dxc5
  • Giri's stroke of genius
    Admire Anish Giri’s new endgame discovery together with Karsten Müller (Video)
  • "Move by Move" á la Ding Liren
    Investigate some amazing attacking moves along with Simon Williams
  • Olympiad Special
    Enjoy three training videos with Yannick Pelletier
  • Olympiad Highlight
    Mihail Marin presents the brilliancy Aronian-Mamedyarov. (Video)
  • Serve and volley! 
    Let Alexey Kuzmin excite you with Mamedyarov’s plan 4…h6 / 6…g5 in the Two Knights Defence!
  • Mr. Isle of Man
    "IOM" winner Radoslaw Wojtaszek analyses his victory in the top duel with Michael Adams.
  • Dragon tamer
    Kristzian Szabo dissects the subtleties of the variation with 7.Be2 followed by 9.0-0-0.
  • A mad rook!
    Tactics expert Oliver Reeh demonstrates the versatility of a major piece. (Video)

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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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