Endgames from Vrnjacka Banja (4)

by Karsten Müller
3/28/2023 – Close to 250 games were played daily for 11 rounds at the European Championship that came to an end two weeks ago. The players were fighting for an entrance to the World Championship cycle via the World Cup, which made for very competitive struggles. Karsten Müller kept an eye on the games, and sent us many notable endgames with instructive analyses. Replay here ten of his finds! | Pictured: Bulgarian grandmaster Ivan Cheparinov | Photo: European Chess Union

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Bishops of opposite colours

Not all endings with bishops of opposite colours are drawn, but finding the correct way to break through from the winning side needs proper technique.


For example, what should be Black’s plan to break White’s potential fortress in this position? In round 8, Maksim Schekachikhin pushed his queenside pawns at the right time to secure a win against Khazar Babazada.


And how to win here with White? Should he immediately grab the rook on g8 or place his rook on h7, keeping attacking chances. Surprisingly, both moves win, but Nikolozi Kacharava played the most convincing of the two. Can you figure out the winning plan?

These are only two of the ten 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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