Mueller and Davies

Ever analyzing and sharing with readers and fans, Karsten Mueller receives many interesting correspondence and contributions. Here are a handful of endgames analyzed and sent in by Frederick Davies, which Mueller was quick to compliment profusely and s…

Quick Decisions (10)

“Choices are the hinges of destiny” Pythagoras The following examples are from a couple of “chess 960” games at our club. I thought it would be interesting to mention this since you could not tell it otherwise. The other interesting detail is the 15 minutes (no increments) reflection time, meaning good and quick decisions were … Continue reading “Quick Decisions (10)”

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A Fine Rook Endgame, Part 1

I’m back! Actually, I never left, but this blog has been silent for seven weeks, so some of you may have been wondering where I went. My apologies: I was busy with other things (like a book proposal), but to be honest, I just didn’t have any topics that were worth writing about. I could […]

At Last the 1988 Show


I’m currently writing a history of Richmond Junior Chess Club from 1975 to 2006: you can read the second part here. The next part will cover the period where our members included future GMs Luke McShane and Jonathan Rowson, along with future IMs Richard Bates and Tom Hinks-Edwards. Last Sunday two of these players happened … Continue reading “At Last the 1988 Show”

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“Tactics are temporary, endgames are permanent” (2)

IM Kostya Kavutskiy Each one of us goes through unique personal experiences in our life. There is no generic plan we can follow to accomplish our goals. Of course we get tips from parents, teachers or friends and it is up to us to listen. If we do not, life has a funny way of … Continue reading ““Tactics are temporary, endgames are permanent” (2)”

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Three Lessons from a Friend’s Wedding in Cyprus

By National Master Evan Rabin Earlier this month I travelled to Cyprus to attend the wedding of one of my good friends and business partners. As I celebrated the wedding, consorted with friends and adventured there and in Israel, I learned three important lessons- to not care and results will come, just have fun, and go. …

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Endgames from Mayrhofen

The European Club Cup was played last week, with no fewer than 70 teams in the open section and 17 women’s squads making their way to Mayrhofen, Austria. Our in-house expert Karsten Müller once again compiled a series of instructive endgames for us to…

Endgames from Astana

Kateryna Lagno took clear first place at the Women’s Grand Prix in Astana, Kazakhstan. A 12-player single round robin, the event featured a number of remarkable confrontations. GM Karsten Müller analysed three of the most interesting endgames and shar…