Rules of thumb are the key to everything when you are having to set the correct course in a complex endgame. In this final DVD of his series on the endgame, our endgame specialist introduces you to the most important of these rules of thumb. The first part deals with general guidelines such as “activate the king”, “the rook belongs behind passed pawns”, “do not rush”. In addition to such principles which are specific to the endgame, there are also rules of thumb as to making the correct exchanges, prophylaxis, improving the position of the worst placed piece, which you should already be taking into account in the middlegame! The second part is sorted by material, going from pawn endings to endings with rook and minor piece against rook and minor piece. Once again Karsten Müller will hone your sixth sense for discovering when there are exceptions to the rules. Because only this ability, which goes beyond the mere learning by heart of the rules of thumb, is the sign of real mastery. This DVD forms the final part of Karsten Müller’s series on the endgame, which already belongs to the classics of endgame theory. It is a must for the fans of the grandmaster from Hamburg!
Video running time: 7 hours 27 min (English).
Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), DirectX9 graphic card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 12/Fritz 13 or included Reader and internet connection for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel Core i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Windows 7 or Windows 8, DirectX10 graphic card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or better, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet connection for program activation.
One of the most valuable jewels in the ChessBase crown is undoubtedly the endgame series presented by Karsten Mueller, which has been entertaining and instructing chess players since 2006.
After viewing this last volume that summarizes the most important rules and guidelines, it is safe to say this is a fitting conclusion to a great series. I cannot claim to have seen every one in the series, but Mueller had never let me down before with his interesting choices, precise and pertinent explanations, and general enthusiasm for his subject matter, and this is no exception. Some of the guidelines were known to me, while others gave me pause to think, and I learned from. If you are looking for endgame wisdom in bite-size video lessons, this DVD is for you.