Karsten Müller ha analizado los puntos culminantes del Chessable Masters

por Karsten Müller
11/09/2020 – Los torneos online que se han disputado durante estos últimos meses atrás, han producido cantidad de partidas interesantes y también se han visto muchos finales dignos de estudiar. Es alucinante como los jugadores de la elite son capaces de encontrar los movimientos apropiados, a pesar de disponer de tan solo unos segundos para decidir, en muchos casos. Karsten Müller ha recopilado una serie de finales de partidas especialmente intersantes del Chessable Masters y Thorsten Cmiel le ha echado una mano. Artículo con los estudios de finales, en inglés.

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In over 4 hours in front of the camera, the Karsten Müller presents to you sensations from the world of endgames - partly reaching far beyond standard techniques and rules of thumb - and rounds off with some cases of with own examples.


Endgame highlights from the Chessable Masters 2020

The Chessable Masters saw a number of fascinating endgames. I picked some gems and sorted them according to material.

A) Rook against pawns

A1) Rook stops passed pawns

Usually, a rook is of course much better than the pawns. However, far advanced pawns are tricky:


B) Rook endings

B1) The safety zone

Usually, the attacker should only move his passed pawn to the seventh or second rank if this wins more or less directly. Otherwise, this often leads to a draw, as in the example below:


B2) The problematic pawn push

Thorsten Cmiel indicates that the pawn push ...e6-e5 is often not good in the constellation below.

Indeed, in Artemiev - Nepomniachtchi 34...e5? was a decisive mistake.


This endgame reminded Cmiel of an endgame between Rasmus Svane and Markus Ragger, played in the Bundesliga:


However, Svane found an antidote to Cmiel's winning attempt, and analyses indicate that Black can hold when he refrains from ...e5.


B3) Outside passed pawn

In the example below Black's counterplay is fast enough. But though the position was drawn, Ding lost the game because of an internet disconnect.


But in the following case the win is rather simple:


The next case is more complicated.


B4) Three rook endgames by Anish Giri

Giri set up the typical f2-g3-h4 constellation and now shows good defensive technique.


In the following game Giri also showed good defensive skills.


In the next example, Giri attacks, but the result is the same: a draw.


B5) An endgame by Magnus Carlsen

The following example is so complicated that even Carlsen failed to find the win.


C) Bishop endings

C1) Zugzwang is a sharp endgame weapon

Bishop endings have drawish tendencies. In the example below White did not play precise enough to win.


D) Bishop against knight

In a race of passed pawns a bishop is usually better than a knight.


E) Rook and bishop rook and bishop with bishops of opposite colours

E1) Opposite coloured bishops favour the attacker

Endgames with opposite coloured bishops, in which only bishops remain on the board, have drawish tendencies. However, if other pieces remain on the board, the rule of thumb quoted above, comes into play.


F) Minor piece endgames

When to exchange and when not to exchange is an important question in chess.


Karsten Müller regularly presents his instructive endgame analyses in the ChessBase Magazine.

The current issue:

Chess Endgames 1 to 14

Un curso completo sobre finales sin igual. Más de 70 horas de enseñanza en vídeo de la mano de uno de los más versados especialistas.




El GM hamburgués y doctor Karsten Müller, nacido en 1970, juega desde 1988 en el Hamburger Schachklub en la primera división de la Bundesliga y en 1996 y 1997 fue tercero en el campeonato de Alemania. Es un experto en finales de fama internacional y se encarga regularmente de las columnas de finales de ChessBase Magazine y del "Endgame Corner" de ChessCafe.com.
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