The power of passed pawns

by Karsten Müller
10/5/2021 – Passed pawns can be very powerful in the endgame. In the diagram position Black is a pawn and a knight down but he has a strong passed pawn on d2 that can save the game. It is Black to move and draw. 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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qiqiangzhu qiqiangzhu 10/7/2021 07:46
good one
brabo_hf brabo_hf 10/5/2021 02:50
46.Ne5 needs to be extended as after 46....Rb1 white still needs to find a couple of only moves. 47.g5! Rb5 48.Kg6! Ke3 49.Nxd3! Kxd3 50.f5! Ke4 51.f6!
Karsten Müller Karsten Müller 10/5/2021 02:25
Frits Fritschy: No. In your line 44.h5? is a mistake. 44.g4 Re1 45.Rxd2 Kxd2 46.Ne5 wins.
Frits Fritschy Frits Fritschy 10/5/2021 01:08
Isn't 41... Re2 drawing as well? For instance 42. Nc6 d3 43. h4 Kc3 44. h5 Re1 45. Rxd2 Kxd2 46. Ne5 Kc3 47. Nxd3 Kxd3 48. h6 Ke3 49. h7 Rh1 50. Kg6 Rh3 and black is just in time.