Mueller on Meltwater

by Karsten Müller
11/28/2022 – Tireless in his quest for truth, Karsten Mueller brings up the rear with a selection of instructive and sometimes jawdropping endgames. Wesley So is both teacher and student as he overwhelms one opponent but stumbles in a simplified rook endgame against another. Be sure to see the notes to the last game with some amazing shots sure to leave you scratching your head.

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Using the active notation

You might be inclined to believe the game notations below are just to be looked at and the moves to be played through in your mind. But as most of you know you can click on the moves to get a separate replay board, which you can resize and move to the best place on your screen.

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Time is of the essence

Young Arjun is given a lesson by Wesley So as he fails to play energetically enough to give his bishop pair the means to neutralize his opponent's exchange.


A little initiative goes a long way

Anish Giri is able to snafu his opponent with just a small extra bit of initiative, which is exactly how it must be handled.


Not So Easy

Wesley so faces a technical rook endgame but is unable to find the correct continuation to draw. This just shows how even simple positions are not as easy as they seem.


Amazing saves

This tough endgame between Praggnanandhaa and Giri contains not one, but two extraordinary continuations missed by the players. First the young Indian misses the surgical continuation that would have secured the win, until Giri fumbles and misses an astonishing defense.





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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