Endgames from New Delhi

by Karsten Müller
4/10/2023 – The third leg of the Women’s Grand Prix finished last Thursday in New Delhi. Aleksandra Goryachkina, Zhu Jiner and Bibsara Assaubayeva tied for first place. As ever, GM Karsten Müller followed the action closely, looking for exceptional positions to share with us. Find here three thought-provoking endgames with instructive analyses. | Pictured: Kateryna Lagno taking a look at Aleksandra Goryachkina’s position. | Photo: Ismael Nieto

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When even the slightest initiative weighs heavily

The ending with rooks and knights reached by Vaishali Rameshbabu and Bibisara Assaubayeva in round 2 turned out to be fascinating. A slight initiative helped the Kazakh youngster to win the game, but White could have got practical drawing chances with very precise play.

Charles Sullivan and Wolfram Schön contributed to the analysis of this deep ending.


The safe corner

In round 4, Polina Shuvalova showed good technique to convert her advantage from a position with two bishops against a single rook.


A mobile majority

The all-important battle between Zhu Jiner and Aleksandra Goryachkina saw both players missing chances in an ending with rooks, dark-squared bishops and an asymmetrical pawn structure.


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.


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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