The knightrider

by Karsten Müller
5/21/2024 – Rook and knight can form a strong attacking duo. In the diagram position it is White to move and win. How can he put Black's king into trouble?

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

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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 5/22/2024 06:42
FritsFritschy: Good point. I had not intended that, but it fits...
Frits Fritschy Frits Fritschy 5/21/2024 07:55
The (k)nightrider in fairy chess is a piece that can move any number of steps as a knight in the same direction. So a knightrider on b1 can go to a3, c3, d5, e7, d2, f3 and h4. It has the ability to jump as a normal knight, so it should be at least as strong as a rook. That makes its name fit in here as well, as this knight surely is quite a bit stronger than the black rook!
PhishMaster PhishMaster 5/21/2024 05:36
I can still hear William Daniels' voice. He is still alive, and currently, 97 years old!
Karsten Müller Karsten Müller 5/21/2024 01:19
Phishmaster: Good point! I had not intended that, but it fits here in a way.
I think that Jonathan Rowson introduced the concept of talking to the pieces in chess. I have made one DVD on it:
And in this case of course I would like to talk to White's mighty knight, after which move it sees a mate...
PhishMaster PhishMaster 5/21/2024 12:52

Do the pieces talk?

"Michael, I see a mate in 10. Shall I deploy smoke?" :)