The tablebase sensation

by Karsten Müller
10/18/2022 – One of the most surprising discoveries in the 6-piece tablebase concerned the endgame Q+g+h pawn vs queen, which often is a theoretical draw when the defender is well placed. However, in a practical game with limited time, the endgame is usually too difficult to hold. The diagrammed position occurred in a game between M. Carlsen and G. Meier, played at the Chess Olympiad 2022. Black lost, but he could have drawn. 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.



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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.

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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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brabo_hf brabo_hf 10/19/2022 02:20
I covered the same endgame earlier this year on my blog:
Some other interesting endgames are also mentioned so maybe food for another Chessbase-article.
arzi arzi 10/19/2022 07:25
Nice. First I thought it is some kind of stalemate study.
Karsten Müller Karsten Müller 10/19/2022 06:48
Martin Minski: Many thanks! Very instructive!
Martin Minski Martin Minski 10/18/2022 11:36
In 2019 I published a study with this interesting endgame (Q - Q + 2 pawns) together with Amatzia Avni. There are 3 model stalemates. Here is the pgn file:

[Event "sp.c Phénix"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2019.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Avni=A Minski=M"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "
[PlyCount "16"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]

1. d7 e2 2. d8=Q e1=Q 3. Qxd3 (3. Qd6+ $2 Kg5 4. Qxd3 Qe6+ $19) (3. Qf6+ $2 Kh5
4. Qf5+ Kh4 $19) 3... Qe6+ 4. Kb1 b3 ({main} 4... Qg6 5. Kc1 $1 Qc6+ 6. Kb1 Qg6
7. Kc1 Qg1+ 8. Kc2 Qg6 9. Kc1 Qxd3 {first model stalemate}) 5. Qd2+ Kg6 6. Qd3+
Qf5 7. Ka1 $1 b2+ ({main} 7... Qxd3 {second model stalemate}) 8. Ka2 Qxd3 {
third model stalemate} 1/2-1/2
gwrtheyrn gwrtheyrn 10/18/2022 06:46
Even after seeing this, it's hard to believe!