Questions tagged [bad-bishop]

A bad bishop is one whose mobility is restricted by its own pawns.

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What color squares should pawns be on with one bishop left?

This slightly confuses me. If I have one bishop left - let's say it is the light-squared bishop - ss it better for my pawns to be on the light squares or dark squares? Let's assume also that my ...
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Changing your good against a bad bishop

I'm not completely dumb when it comes to positional play but I never understood what I would get in return for, say, Bd3 Bxd3 in the Caro Kann (e.g. Tal Variation). Or Bd6 Bxd6 in the London. (In the ...
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Are a pair of bishops of the same color usually worth less than a pair of bishops of different colors?

People have been discussing about the value of a pair of two bishops. I am wondering if two bishops are of the same color, are they generally worth less than a pair of bishops of different colors? ...
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Should white be able to win this endgame?

Should white be able to win from the position [fen "8/5k2/3p1p2/3PnP2/1KP1r1P1/8/3RB3/8 b - - 0 67"] with black to move? (A game I was playing ended there when black just let black's time run out ...
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Dark-squared bishop after QGA 3. e3

I have played Queen's Gambit and most players my level choose Accepted and then try to hold onto their pawn. After I play 3. e3, while the light-square bishop has c4 has an obvious target, I have ...
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In Fischer-Petrosian 1971 game 7, why did Fischer give up his good knight for a bad bishop?

Fischer played 22. Nxd7, which seems strange since the knight looked very good. Why did he play it? [Title "Fischer-Petrosian, Buenos Aires (7) 1971, 10/19/1971"] [FEN ""] [startply "42"] 1. e4 ...
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Why is Bd6 better than Be7, Bc5 and Bb4?

[FEN "r1bqkb1r/p4ppp/2p2n2/3p4/8/2N5/PPP1BPPP/R1BQK2R b KQkq - 1 9"] Be7 protects knight from getting pinned, Bc5 pins the pawn on f2 after Whites, castles, and Bb4 pins the knight. Whats ...
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Theoretically, why is 4. Bd3 NOT one of the best candidates in Caro-Kann?

I seem to find 4. Bd3 to be one of the best choices in Caro-Kann. [FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Bd3 My reasoning: White's light bishop can only develop to Be2 or Bd3. Be2 seems passive. ...
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Identifying “big pawn” bishops

I use to trade my bishop pairs for opponent’s knight pair most of the time. But since my recent peak of interest in the game, I have been doing studying and learning. Thus, the bishop is one of my ...
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Are there illustrative examples where a conventionally "bad bishop" leads its side to a win?

I was looking the Chess glossary and two words brought curiosity : bad bishop and big pawn. Where the later being the condition that occurs when you have a bad bishop. One thing i noticed was bad ...
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What is the correct definition of a bad bishop?

Is a bad bishop a bishop that is trapped by your own pawns? (For example, all your pawns are on dark squares, so the dark squared bishop is bad.) Or is it when your opponent's pawns trap your bishop'...
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Assessing an early c4 against white's Stonewall structure

I made a horrible decision as black in a game, and I do not understand why it's incorrect. [fen "rn2kb1r/pp2pppp/1q3n2/2pp4/3P1P2/2PQPN2/PP4PP/RNB1K2R b - - 0 1"] I played c4, Stockfish considers ...
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In Damanovic-Fischer, 1970, wasn't 66. Ke3 better?

In Damanovic-Fischer, it seems like the move played, 66. bxa4+, made it easy for Fischer. Wasn't 66. Ke3 better? [Title "Damanovic- Fischer, 1970,"] [FEN ""] [startply "130"] ...
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Why would trading this bad bishop be a bad move?

When running a game I played through the analysis engines, I get that my 12th move, 12.Ba3, was an inaccuracy (-0.3 -> -1.3). Since my center pawns are on dark squares, I assumed my dark bishop was a ...
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dark-squared Bishop in KID

In the typical KID black tries to play for a mating attack. Consequently, the dark squared bishop usually ended up sleeping on g7 or sometimes reroute itself to defended the d6 pawn which is critical ...
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How to play against bad bishop outside pawn chain

I'm trying to understand general principles and common themes on how to play against a bad bishop outside of the pawn chain. In particular, I'm talking about the less sharp variations of the london ...
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Capturing one bishop

I was just looking for the best move in the position (White to move). And I thought that capturing the bishop in green square would be the best as it controls the open a8-h1 diagonal ,but the ...