Rook vs knight

by Karsten Müller
2/13/2024 – In endgames, knights are often surprisingly helpless against a rook. In the diagram position, White is an exchange down, but seems to be close to a draw because only two black pawns remain on the board. However, Black has a way to win - what should he do?

Endgames of the World Champions from Fischer to Carlsen 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.


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Karsten Mueller regularly presents endgame lessons in the ChessBase Video Portal


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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Karsten Müller Karsten Müller 2/13/2024 05:24
PhishMaster: Many thanks! Indeed a valueable addition.
PhishMaster PhishMaster 2/13/2024 04:24
I actually got the main idea that the N was cut off from the king pretty quickly, even though it traded pawns, and even after 62.Nd3+, the technique was pretty easy (textbook) from there.

That said, after 61...Kf4, I thought that 62.Ng6+! looked a lot more testing, and it really was when I checked it with a computer. 62.Ng6+! Ke3! (only move that wins!); 63.Nh4 Rf2+ (only move, although a natural one if you have studied this endgame); 64.Kg1 Ke2! (again, the only move); 65.Kh1 Rf4 (only move, but again, natural); 66.Ng2 (on de la Villa's "stupid square, but 66.Ng6 truly separates the N from the K, and Rf5 wins it easily) Rg4; 67.Kh2 Kf2 wins the N.