Endgames from Wijk aan Zee (3)

by Karsten Müller
1/27/2023 – The much anticipated Tata Steel Chess Tournament is underway in Wijk aan Zee. GM Karsten Müller, our in-house endgame expert, continues to find instructive positions from the event in the Netherlands and shares his analyses with us. Find five such mini-lessons here. Enjoy! | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit / Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

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Keymer’s rook endings - Part 1

In three out of the last four rounds, Vincent Keymer outplayed tough opponents in the middlegame to reach advantageous rook endgames. Unfortunately for the young German, though, he failed to make the most of his chances in the final phase of the games. In round 7, his rival was none other than the second highest-rated player in the world, Ding Liren.


Keymer’s rook endings - Part 2

Then, in round 9, Keymer could have inflicted Nodirbek Abdusattorov’s first loss of the event. The Uzbek continues to lead the standings in the Masters.


Keymer’s rook endings - Part 3

Against Jorden van Foreest in round 10, Keymer failed to convert his advantage with the black pieces. At the critical point, he should have prevented his opponent from activating his rook.


The can opener

Amin Tabatabaei defeated Thomas Beerdsen after taking advantage of the latter’s mistaken pawn push in a pure king and pawn endgame. 


Opposite-coloured bishops favour the attacker

Pure opposite-coloured bishop endings have a large drawish tendency, but with rooks still on the board, they favour the attacker, as proven by Velimir Ivic in his game with white against Jergus Pechac.


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.


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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