When a queen is not stronger than a pawn

by Karsten Müller
9/22/2015 – Every week ChessBase magazine author and renowned endgame expert Karsten Müller presents a remarkable or particularly instructive endgame in his blog. A click on the diagram opens a larger board. Today on the playchess server, 4 pm: Endgame Magic with Karsten Müller and Victor Bologan!

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When a queen is not stronger than a pawn


White to play. 68.f7 Qd8 is of course a simple win for Black. But what's about the alternatives 68.Kf7 or Ke7?


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.


ChessBase Magazine #167 (Aug/Sep) 


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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Kevin Bonham Kevin Bonham 9/23/2015 04:28
A similar case: In the game Djuraev-Solomon Istanbul 2012 White had rook and pawn for bishop and pawn and gave back the exchange to reach an endgame where he queened first against a pawn on the fifth rank only to find to his horror that the position was drawn:

frist_ frist_ 9/23/2015 02:19
Would be nice if you show some comments, like what those green square means, or why black can draw instead putting only variations with no explanations. By the way, I love all your others articles, cheers!
anfonze anfonze 9/22/2015 06:54
74... Qf6