Zugzwang in Kristiansund

9/30/2010 – In the rapid chess game Anand-Hammer, played in Kristiansund in the "Arctic Securities Chess Stars" tournament, it came down to this minor piece ending. It seems that all entry routes into the black camp are blocked to the white king, because the knight, the b7-pawn and the king are guarding all the important squares on the queenside and in the centre. And yet... White can force the win here with a precise move order, with the motif of zugzwang playing a decisive part. Compare your solution with the analysis given by grandmaster Karsten Müller on ChessBase Magazine Online.

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Zugzwang

In the rapid game Anand-Hammer, played in Kristiansund in the "Arctic Securities Chess Stars" tournament, it all came down to this minor piece ending. It seems that all the entry routes into the black camp are blocked to the white king, because the knight, the b7-pawn and the king are guarding all the important squares on the queenside and in the centre. And yet... White can force the win here with a precise move order, with the motif of zugzwang playing a decisive part. Compare your solution with the analysis given by Karsten Müller on ChessBase Magazine Online.

Analysis Anand - Hammer by GM Karsten Müller.



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