Endgames from Vrnjacka Banja (2)

by Karsten Müller
3/11/2023 – With close to 250 games being played daily, the European Championship is one of the strongest opens in the chess calendar. Moreover, the players are fighting for an entrance to the World Championship cycle via the World Cup, which makes for very competitive struggles. Karsten Müller is keeping an eye on the games, and has sent us many notable endgames with instructive analyses. Replay here his seven of his finds! | Pictured: Sabino Brunello | Photo: European Chess Union

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Tough decisions

After a long game, the result of the struggle often comes down to a single decision in a difficult ending, the all-important third stage of the game.


Here David Paravyan (Black) has a far-advanced passer on the f-file. Should he force a trade of queens with 39...Qe6+ or try to find a hiding spot for his king?


Does Vahap Sanal (Black) have enough of an advantage to score a win from this position? If so, where should he place his knight on the next move? Knights are often misplaced on the side of the board in the opening, but specific calculations — and not only general principles — are needed in technical positions.


Manuel Petrosyan (White) has just given up a rook on h2. What did he have in mind when he sacrificed it? His next move drew the game by force.

These are only three of the seven instructive endgame positions which you can study and enjoy in our dynamic replayer below!


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 Müller is considered to be one of the greatest endgame experts in the world. His books on the endgame - among them "Fundamentals of Chess Endings", co-authored with Frank Lamprecht, that helped to improve Magnus Carlsen's endgame knowledge - and his endgame columns for the ChessCafe website and the ChessBase Magazine helped to establish and to confirm this reputation. Karsten's Fritztrainer DVDs on the endgame are bestsellers. The mathematician with a PhD lives in Hamburg, and for more than 25 years he has been scoring points for the Hamburger Schachklub (HSK) in the Bundesliga.


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