Endgame theory constitutes the foundation of chess. You realize this in striking clarity once you obtain a won endgame, but in the end have to be content with a draw in the end because of a lack of necessary know-how. Such accidents can only be prevented by building up a solid endgame technique. This is Karsten Mueller's first DVD, and the grandmaster from Hamburg and endgame expert here lays the foundation for acquiring such a technique. The first part of his training series can be started without any endgame knowledge. Only a knowledge of the rules of chess is assumed. But for a lot of club players this course will be a welcome brush-up, as a glance at the content confirms. The topics range from elementary endings such as mating with the queen, with rook and with two bishops and mating with bishop and knight.
The DVD also teaches the fundamentals of pawn endings, knight vs. pawns endings, bishop vs. knight endings, queen vs. pawns endings plus knight and bishop endings, including endings with bishop of the same and of opposite color. Those who have always felt that studying the endgame from textbooks is too uninspiring and too arduous, will enjoy this DVD and certainly profit from it.
Video running time: 5.5 hours. Included on the DVD is a ChessBase 9.0 Reader.
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows 98 SE/2000/XP/Vista, Windows Media Player 9.0, DVD Drive
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Karsten Mueller's enfgame series starts with the basics and so should you! If a GM can botch a knight and bishop ending, you should learn from an endgame expert. This DVD goes over the basics and explains terms and ideas in a way that makes them memorable. Swallow your pride, admit that you can learn more about endgames and get this DVD and start learning.
Don't let the title put you off. Every Grandmaster knows this stuff cold. If you can't win pawn and minor piece endgames in your sleep, then this Trainer is for you. Do you really know what the opposition, diagonal opposition, distant opposition and virtual opposition mean? Can you force mate with just two bishops or a knight and bishop? If you think so, try it against Fritz. Can you beat a superior player by simplifying the game and winning the endgame? This DVD has an unfortunate title. Admit you don't know endgame theory and buy this DVD.