Endgame Magic: The best endgames of 2018

by Karsten Müller
1/3/2019 – Karsten reviews the best endgames of 2018, checks in on our reader poll and gives his own opinions. This week's show is live at 15:00 CEST (13:00 UTC; 9:00 AM EDT) and FREE to watch on-demand (for a limited time)!

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.


Endgame Magic #119

Happy New Year! In the Endgame Magic Show, Grandmaster Karsten Mueller invites strong players and shows recent examples of the tournament praxis for a live exchange, usually at 14:00 UTC (15:00 CET; 9:00 AM EST).

This week Karsten shares his view of the best endgames of 2019. Let's see how they match up with our reader poll!

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Endgames are the soul of the chess games. This could be a phrase from GM Karsten Mueller. The German grandmaster is one of the leading experts when it comes to endgames, with numerous published books and DVDs about this phase of the game. The Endgame Magic show is one of the major features of the video portal.

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Karsten Mueller goes on air around once a month, always inviting a guest into his endgame world to discuss recent examples. But he also tests his guests with their very own endgames. Watch anytime with a ChessBase Premium account.

Endgame expert GM Karsten Mueller


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 1/4/2019 02:49
Good questions. I guess that both positions can be defended. But such waters can be very deep of course. And for a drawing proof it must be shown that all winning attempts fail. For the first position this might be doable with modern means as the number of winning ideas is very limited. In the second case it might be too deep even with modern technique as there are already deeply hidden long wins in rook and pawns against bishop and pawns.
Nordlandia Nordlandia 1/4/2019 12:37
Karsten Müller: I will appreciate if you can look upon couple of complex endgames and anticipate the most likely outcome and give me your verdict upon them .

Goldin versus Korzubov, Dushanbe, 1980

#1: Black is ahead in material but the white knight is so strong that it's worth atleast 1 pawn in positional compensation for the material deficit. There is no entry path for the bK on the queenside.

Yannick Berthelot vs Glenn Flear, Pau FRA (1988)

#2: The material distribution rook + knight versus bishop-pair + pawn is ceteris paribus close in value. Although R+N is usually slightly stronger. Is the likelyhood if victory for white greater than the chance of draw as black?