The best friend of the king

by Karsten Müller
7/22/2014 – When fighting against a rook in the endgame, knights are often surprisingly clumsy. Thus, one would think a single knight stands no chance at all against the queen, even if a couple of pawns offer help. But, as Karsten Müller shows, a lot depends on the position of the king. If king and knight are true friends, surprising things can happen.

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The best friend of the king



Black to play. Which move is better: 66...Qc7 or 66...Qh5?

 

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 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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