Notable endgames from the Women’s World Cup

by Karsten Müller
8/20/2023 – The FIDE World Cup is coming to an end. One of the most exciting events in the chess calendar, it features an open section and a women’s section, with spots in the Candidates up for grabs in both events. The ever-curious GM Karsten Müller compiled the most interesting positions from the tournaments. Find here five instructive endgames from the women’s category! | Pictured: Divya Deshmukh | Photo: Anna Shtourman

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Fataliyeva’s fatal decision

Usually, a pawnless endgame with rook and knight against rook is an easy draw. But the setup can be difficult for the defending side, especially when the king is near a corner.

Ulviyya Fataliyeva

Ulviyya Fataliyeva | Photo: / Maria Emelianova

Deceptive simplicity

King and pawn endgames might look simple, but they can be very deep. A single mistake in move order might be the difference between getting a draw or a win.

Eline Roebers

Eline Roebers | Photo: FIDE / Stev Bonhage

Opening king roads

Often in the endgame phase, the attacking king needs to be activated to convert one’s advantage. Pawn breaks might be very useful in these cases.

Nurgyul Salimova, Oliwia Kiolbasa

Nurgyul Salimova and Oliwia Kiolbasa | Photo: FIDE / Anna Shtourman

The value of the initiative

Pure opposite-coloured bishop endings have a large drawish tendency, but with rooks still on the board they favour the attacker — like in the middlegame.

Anna Muzychuk

Anna Muzychuk | Photo: / Maria Emelianova

The knight hunt

In an endgame with bishop against knight, it is sometimes possible to fully neutralize the knight. A bit of patience is all one needs.

Bella Khotenashvili

Bella Khotenashvili | Photo: / Maria Emelianova

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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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