Not all detours lead to Rome

by Karsten Müller
6/16/2015 – 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. Today on the playchess server, 4 pm: Endgame Magic with Karsten Müller and Erwin L'Ami

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Not all detours lead to Rome


White to play. What is the right way to win this pawn endgame?


Karsten Müller in ChessBase Magazine

Do you like these lessons? There are plenty more by internationally renowned endgame expert Dr Karsten Müller in ChessBase Magazine, where you will also find openings articles and surveys, tactics, and of course annotations by the world's top grandmasters.

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Apart from his regular columns and video lectures in ChessBase Magazine there is a whole series of training DVDs by Karsten Müller, which are bestsellers in the ChessBase Shop.


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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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gmwdim gmwdim 6/16/2015 04:31
Can't really expect a 1576 player to be well versed in pawn endgames.
LuisRomano LuisRomano 6/16/2015 01:47
1. Kf5! Kc4 (1... Ke3 2. Kg4 is easily winning) 2. Kg6! (2. Kxf4 Kb4 is just a draw) Kd4 3. Kxh6 Ke3 4. Kg5! Kxf3 5. h6 Kg2 6. h7 f3 7. h8=Q f2 8. Qb2 Kg1 9. 9. Qd4 Kg2 10. Qd2! (10. Qg4+ Kh1 11. Qf3+ Kg1 12. Qg3+ Kh1) Kg1 11. Kg4! f1=Q 12. Kg3 1-0