Endgames from the Global Chess League: A Pragg & Carlsen special

by Karsten Müller
8/5/2023 – The inaugural edition of the Global Chess League took place last month in Dubai. The Triveni Continental Kings, led by Levon Aronian, emerged victorious. GM Karsten Müller followed the games closely, looking for interesting positions to analyse. Find here four instructive endings, two featuring rising star Praggnanandhaa and two featuring endgame wizard Magnus Carlsen! | Photo: Maria Emelianova

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Carlsen beats two former challengers

A technical savant, Magnus Carlsen beat two former challengers for the world crown while representing the SG Alpine Warriors at the Global Chess League in Dubai. Carlsen got the better of Vishy Anand in a bishop vs knight endgame (with six pawns per side) and made the most of a mistake by Ian Nepomniachtchi in a setup with rooks and bishops of opposite colours.

Find both games in the dynamic replayer below!

Vishy Anand, Magnus Carlsen

A duel of legends: Vishy Anand facing Magnus Carlsen | Photo: Maria Emelianova

Pragg defeats two fellow prodigies

At 17, Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu is the fourth highest-rated junior player in the world (only Firouzja, Gukesh and Abdusattorov have higher ratings). The Indian faced two fellow prodigies in Dubai while representing the SG Alpine Warriors alongside Carlsen. 

Pragg beat Jonas Buhl Bjerre (aged 19, 14th in the juniors’ ranking) and Javokhir Sindarov (aged 17, 8th in the juniors’ ranking) after showing good technique in endgames with queens on the board for both sides.

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Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu

Praggnanandhaa facing Jonas Buhl Bjerre | Photo: Maria Emelianova

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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