Karsten Müller's Endgame Dictionary: The "Knight Check Shadow"

by Karsten Müller
1/14/2022 – There are so many endgame terms that Karsten Müller decided to gather them in a slowly growing "Endgame Dictionary", in which he explains these terms with short videos and practical examples. This time, Karsten explains what a "Knight Check Shadow" is. Admittedly, at first glance this is an unusual and somewhat unwieldy term, but it helps to explain and to remember an important endgame motif.

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"Knight Check Shadow" (in German "Springerschachschatten") is a term that describes the situation when a king and a knight are on the same diagonal and the king is two squares away from the knight. This is a good position for the king who dominates the knight - after all, the knight needs at least three moves to give a check.

In the following video Karstens shows how useful it is to know this concept.


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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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