Theory and practice

by Karsten Müller
8/31/2021 – In the diagram position it is Black to move and tablebases and endgame books know that this position is a theoretical draw. However, holding theoretical draws is often difficult in practice. But Jan-Krzyzstof Duda, who was Black against Ding Liren here, was up to the task and found the only move that saves the game. What did he play?

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.

Karsten Mueller

Karsten Mueller regularly presents endgame lessons in the ChessBase Video Portal


Karsten Müller, born 1970, has a world-wide reputation as one of the greatest endgame experts. He has, together with Frank Lamprecht, written a book on the subject: “Fundamental Chess Endgames” in addition to other contributions such as his column on the website ChessCafe as well as in ChessBase Magazine. Müller's ChessBase-DVDs about endgames in Fritztrainer-Format are bestsellers. The PhD in mathematics lives in Hamburg, where he has also been hunting down points for the HSK in the Bundesliga for many years.
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zoranp zoranp 9/2/2021 02:36
I agree with MickyMaus90 that much easier was 56...Ra3, after which the position is easily drawn. It is also interesting, that in exactly the same position after 64.e6, Carlsen in his game against Aronian had lost after 73...Ra7? (Aronian-Carlsen, Moscow, 2006).
MickyMaus90 MickyMaus90 8/31/2021 10:53
Nice practical example! Interesting, that Duda didn't go for Karstedt's pendulum by 56...Ra3 57.Rd8 Re3. As it was, he had to work much harder for his half point.