Endgames from Miami (3)

by Karsten Müller
8/25/2022 – A field with well-established GMs and young stars fought it off in Miami at the FTX Crypto Cup. Our in-house expert Karsten Müller closely followed the games looking to find the most intriguing and instructive ending positions. Do not miss his on-point analyses! | Pictured: Levon Aronian | Photo: Amruta Mokal

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Duda’s wrong capture

The bishop wants dynamics, the knight prefers static positions. Jan-Krzysztof Duda chose the wrong capture in a knight versus bishop ending against the ever-ruthless Magnus Carlsen.


King activity

Levon Aronian showed the correct technique to convert an advantageous position with a passer on the flank in a minor-piece endgame.


Deep queen endings

Making decisions in queen endings is extremely difficult, especially in rapid games. Duda could have beaten Praggnanandhaa had he found the precise manoeuvre in the following position.


After 92.Ke7, Pragg managed to escape with a half point, while 92.Qg3 cutting off the king in fact wins.

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.