The power of the triple pawns – more endgames from Plovdiv

4/12/2012 – Our ChessBase Magazin expert Dr Karsten Müller continues to select interesting and instructive endings, again taken from the high-quality games of the European Individual Championship, with 350 participants, fifteen rated over 2700. Subjects: opposite colored bishops, duel rook vs bishop, deadly tripled pawns and Areshchenko's Attack. Good for training on some additional Elo points.

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Opposite colored bishops favor the attacker

Pure opposite colored bishop endings have a very large drawish tendency. However, when more pieces are on the board matters are completely different:


The duel rook against bishop

Usually a rook is much stronger than a bishop in a technical endgame, but if the bishop has targets to attack matters may be different:


Deadly Tripled Pawn

Usually it is of course better to have a healthy pawn structure, but in chess there is no rule without exception:

Areshchenko's Attack

Queen endings sometimes look confusing for humans due to the many possible queen moves and checks:


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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