Giant slalom

by Karsten Müller
12/22/2015 – Every week ChessBase magazine author and renowned endgame expert Karsten Müller presents a remarkable or particularly instructive endgame in his blog. A click on the diagram opens a larger board. Test your endgame skills, improve and have fun!

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Giant slalom


Sometimes the king has to go a long way to cope with a rook that went berserk. Can you find the giant slalom that avoids stalemate?


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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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greenfield greenfield 12/23/2015 09:56
Most straight-forward seems to be 4. Ke3 Tf3+ 5. Ke4 Te3+ 6. Kd5 Te6+ 7. Kd6 Te6+ 8. Kd7 Te7+ 9. Kd8.
Sampru Sampru 12/22/2015 11:51
This is nice. The "intersection of rook lines" idea of placing the king so that each white rook covers a possible checking square is also seen in Post - Nimzowitsch, 1905, as shown in Van Perlo's Endgame Tactics (#755 in the 3rd Edition), which has additional nuances.

Dr. Müller, are you planning to put out an updated version of your Fundamental Chess Endings? Or maybe a Volume 2, with all new material?
SOHAM22 SOHAM22 12/22/2015 06:54
Nice endgame problem, 5.Kf3 also wins with the same technique.

5.Kf3 Re3 6.Kf4 Rf3 7.Ke5 Rf5 8.Kd6 Rf6 9.Kd7 Rf7 10.Kd8, this way we also don't allow the last trick mentioned