The last pawn

by Karsten Müller
7/26/2022 – In endgames the last attacking pawn is often worth its weight in gold. In the diagrammed position it is Black to move - can he save a draw and if so, how?

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.



Karsten Mueller 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 Mueller, which are bestsellers in the ChessBase Shop.

Karsten Mueller

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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arzi arzi 7/29/2022 06:19
Actually, KM, my results have improved in different time formats as I've learned to move to the end games at the right time. Of course, familiar openings help, but they don't make me better if I don't know how to end properly and how to evaluate the position. That's why I have a lopsided stack of endgame books. :) Thanks for the good jobs and the lessons.
Karsten Müller Karsten Müller 7/28/2022 03:24
arzi: No problem as you like the endgame...
arzi arzi 7/27/2022 03:09
Nice, but actually quite easy, if you just notice the better place for the black King.

Sorry KM off topic, comments work only here and in few other places, except in the right place:
" Ginkgo (Fritz) is World Champion! Ginkgo is the main engine of the Fritz 18 program package."

One small detail. Stockfish was not playing, again. The strongest engine around was absent. The real place to follow the matches between engines is:

No Ginkgo there.