Endgames from Miami (2)

by Karsten Müller
8/21/2022 – A field with well-established GMs and young stars is fighting it off in Miami at the FTX Crypto Cup. Our in-house expert Karsten Müller is following the games looking to find the most intriguing and instructive ending positions. Do not miss his on-point analyses! | Pictured: Anish Giri | Photo: Amruta Mokal

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Counterplay and coordination

Giri finds the draw

In a knight versus bishop (plus an extra pawn) endgame, Anish Giri found counterplay at every turn to save a draw against Alireza Firouzja. Very instructive!


Checks from all directions

In rook endgames, f and h-pawns can be problematic. Alireza Firouzja could have held a draw with black in the game shown below, but failed to find the correct manoeuvre and ended up losing against Jan-Krzysztof Duda.


Magnus’ mighty pawns

The world champion showed excellent technique to coordinate his army and defeat Levon Aronian. Impressive stuff.


After 52...g5, Black needed fifteen more moves to take down his opponent.

Find this game’s full analysis plus three more instructive endgames in the replayer below!


Magical Chess Endgames Vol. 1 & 2 + The magic of chess tactics

In over 4 hours in front of the camera, Karsten Müller presents to you sensations from the world of endgames - partly reaching far beyond standard techniques and rules of thumb - and rounds off with some cases of with own examples.


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.