The winning zone

by Karsten Müller
7/12/2022 – The bishop endgame in the diagrammed position will soon become an endgame, in which Black's queen fights against White's f-pawn. Black can win this endgame if his king is in the winning zone and close enough to White's f-pawn. Do you see how Black should proceed to win the game?

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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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 7/15/2022 03:15
JoshuaVGreen: Good point. It of course should be "Black to move and win"...
lajosarpad lajosarpad 7/15/2022 02:39
@JoshuaVGreen that's an obvious draw indeed :)
arzi arzi 7/15/2022 01:21
To JoshuaVGreen, quite right, your choice is the best move in that option! :)
JoshuaVGreen JoshuaVGreen 7/15/2022 12:22
My first inclination was to play 65. ... a2 since the stipulation under the diagram is "Black to move and draw."
lajosarpad lajosarpad 7/13/2022 12:54
My inclination originally was to play 65... Bf7, in essence it has the same idea as 65... Bg8, however, the main difference between the two is that the White king is 3 moves away from f7 and 4 moves away from g8. That is, if we move the bishop to f7, then White can kick it out from there after 2 moves. So, by moving the bishop to g8 we win 3 tempos, while with the bishop being moved to f7 we win only two tempos. And that makes a big difference in this case. The same can be said about the 68th Black move. If the bishop lands on c4 and is exchanged there, then the Black king is closer to the White pawn than from b3. Clever!
Karsten Müller Karsten Müller 7/13/2022 10:35
Wolfram Schön:
Dear Karsten,

today's endgame position is very tricky, I think. Difficult, but very
nice and instructive!
Black's way to win is indeed study-like, as he has to find several only
Here is another trap, he has to avoid. Well known in endgame theory, but
maybe new to some of the readers.

See my comment in the pgn or:
71... Kxc4? {The black king is outside the winning zone.} 72. f7 Qh8+
73. Ke7 Qh7 {However,
White needs to be careful here.} 74. Kf6! (74. Ke8? Kd5! 75. f8=Q Ke6
-+) 74... Qh6+ 75. Ke7=

Best wishes,