Endgames from Mexico City

by Karsten Müller
10/21/2023 – The 2023 edition of the World Junior Championships took place at the end of September in Mexico City. Marc’Andria Maurizzi from France and Candela Francisco from Argentina won the open and women’s sections respectively. Such a lengthy and prestigious event saw many games entering notable endgame positions. GM Karsten Müller followed the action and analysed what he considered to be the most instructive ones. Find here the nine endings he chose to share with us! | Pictured: Ema Walter from Slovakia | Photo: David Llada

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One chance

It is all about timing in chess. Sometimes you get only one chance to play the idea that will get you the full point.

In the following position, Icelandic FM Aleksandr Domalchuk-Jonasson failed to play the exchange sacrifice that would have granted him a win in his round-5 game against IM Jospeh Girel from France.

64.Rxd5 wins here, as after 64...exd5 White will begin working towards getting a central passed pawn with 65.f5, and will take advantage of his active king to push it. Instead, White’s 64.a5 led to a rather quick draw.

Also in round 5, IM Samir Sahidi from Slovakia saved a draw from an endgame two pawns down after his opponent, FM Kemel Gallo from Cuba, hurried to push his a-pawn.

52...a4 gives up the pawn to distract the light-squared bishop from the long diagonal — i.e. after 53.Bxa4, Gallo played 53...Bd5, pinning the knight to save his h-pawn. As shown in Karsten Müller’s analysis below, Black needed to give up the other pawn and transfer his king to the queenside. As it turns out, having two extra passers on opposite sides of the board is not always enough to secure a full point!

These are only two of the nine instructive endgame positions which you can study and enjoy in our dynamic replayer below.

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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