Karsten Müller’s Endgame Magic Show #177: The fourth phase of the game

by Karsten Müller
1/10/2022 – In the Endgame Magic Show #177, Karsten Müller and Arne Kähler look at a fascinating position played at the 2021 FIDE World Cup in Sochi. Sometimes you need to calculate what will happen in the fourth phase of the game, when newly promoted queens appear on the board, and every single check is crucial! | You can watch the Endgame Magic Show on-demand with a ChessBase Premium account.

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Endgame Magic #177

Karsten and Arne look at the fourth phase of the game. After opening, middlegame and endgame comes the fourth phase — after both sides have queened.

The main guideline is that the side with the safer king wins, although sometimes giving the first check is more important. In the following position, White found a deep solution, as he correctly calculated that he would win in the fourth phase of the game. Can you do the same?


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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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