by Karsten Müller
4/11/2023 – In endings with opposite-coloured bishops the defending side can often draw, sometimes even when the defender is one, two or three pawns down. However, these endgames are still tricky and the defender has to be careful. In the diagram position it is White to move and draw but in the acutal game White lost. Can you do better?

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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Karsten Müller Karsten Müller 4/12/2023 07:19
oxygenes: Yes 36...f4? rushs and your suggestion to activate the king with 36...Kg7 wins.
oxygenes oxygenes 4/11/2023 03:52
Once is this article about endgame, author could do small notice for move 36. - f4? too. Did not 2500 player remember simple rules - "Do not attack, where opponent is stronger" (King is still far away at g8)? Or for endgames "Do not be haste". May be little time or miscalculation for both players. Move 42.Bd5 is tactical confirmation for ignoring this rules. And simple slow 36.- Kg7 was enough for easy win - 37.Kf3 Bd4 and white has not good moves.