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Questions concerning endgames that feature bishop(s) (and kings) and possibly pawns but nothing else.

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Three bishops vs. rook endgame

Can a rook force a draw against three bishops? One of the bishops is on a different coloured square than the other two.
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A difficult same color Bishop endgame

Is this position a White win or a draw? [Title "Black to move : "] [FEN "3B4/5p1p/4k1p1/2b1P3/8/5P2/1P4PP/5K2 b - - 0 1"]
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To call this a "rook-pawn endgame" ... just a typo?

In this chess.com tutorial, the caption describes this as a rook-pawn endgame. It seems likely to me this is a typo. But being a noob, I wanted to be sure it wasn't a reference to some well known ...
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Why does stockfish give "-28.8" as the evaluation number for this position?

[FEN "5K2/8/5k2/5b2/6b1/5b1b/4b1b1/7b w - - 0 1"] This game is an immediate draw by insufficient material (Doesn't Stockfish know this?). I am wondering what the reason behind the score &...
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A complex eight pieces opposite color Bishop endgame

The position, derivated by a variation of the Alechkine Defense, Four Pawns Attack, is the following: [FEN "3b4/8/1k2B3/6pK/P7/8/6PP/8 b - - 0 1"] Black to move. Stockfish 14.1 NNUE gives ...
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Could Boleslavsky have won against Smyslov?

In the game Isaak Boleslavsky versus Vassily Smyslov of the USSR Championship 1961 the following same colour Bishop endgame was reached. On move 46, the position is WHITE King on b3 Bishop on e3 pawns ...
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Is the following same colour Bishop endgame position a win or a draw?

In a very recent European Team Championship, the following position appeared on the board. Is the following position a win for White or a draw? Help from FinalGen is welcome. [fen "8/4k2p/1p6/p7/...
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What's the idea of 'all rook endgames are drawn' ? i think opposite coloured bishop endgames and even queen endgames are more drawish

Quote: 'all rook endgames are drawn', 'All rook endings are drawn' or 'All rook and pawn endings are drawn.' For queen endgames, Karsten Müller even gives a way of visualising this (not quite Karsten ...
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Is this endgame a draw?

I reached this position in a game. I don't think either side can force a win? White to move. [FEN "8/pB6/P7/4pK2/3b1p2/5P2/3k4/8 w - - 0 1"]
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An important and interesting Bishop endgame

In a 1993 game played by Wojtkiewitz vs Khalifman, the following endgame appeared on the board. Black to move. [FEN "5k2/1p4p1/1p2bp1p/3p4/5PP1/P3P2P/1P1K2B1/8 b - - 0 1"] Stockfish gives +...
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A nine pieces opposite color bishop endgame

In the below position, the black pawn in g4 is weak, yet White do not seem profit from the situation. The position is [FEN "8/P1B5/4k3/2Kb4/4p1p1/6P1/4P3/8 b - - 0 0"] with black to move. ...
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I'm new to chess-what should be done here to win the game?

[FEN "8/8/8/8/3k1KB1/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] I am new to chess and have no clue as to how to win this game. Which moves can be done with what is on the board in order to win? Could anyone explain?...
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A cramped opposite color Bishop endgame

From "Modern Endgame Manual" by Mikhalchishin, the following position is analysed and determine to be a winning position for White. Is Mikhalchishin's analysis correct or does the defensive ...
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Endgame - 2 Rooks vs 2 Bishops [duplicate]

How does one checkmate with two rooks when playing against an opponent with two bishops? I am having difficulties with the bishops shutting down my rooks.
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Is this the position from TCEC Season 18, Game 80 a win or a draw?

This position from move 42 of TCEC Season 18 Game 80, with Black to move. Is it a win or a draw? [FEN "8/1k5p/1P3pp1/K1P2b2/5P1P/8/8/2B5 b - - 0 1"]
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Can anyone please explain why this position isn't a draw?

I was watching this game on Lichess. Both of the players have the same resource i.e., the king and only a bishop. The bishops on the board are of the opposite color. But the game was continued and one ...
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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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Technique to win this same colored bishop endgame

The following endgame is a same-colored bishop endgame which I had on a game in Lichess. I tried for approximately 30 moves to try and win this game, but in the end, I got nothing more than a draw. I ...
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Knight vs bishop endgame in Fabiano Caruana vs Hou Yifan 2018

I am currently studying the classical game of Fabiano Caruana vs Hou Yifan played in 2018. The game ended in a fighting draw, but for the most part of the ending, starting from move 55 onward (see ...
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Is this K+4P vs KB+P endgame drawn?

Is that position always a draw? I've tried to play it few times and I always end with lone bishop or a stalemate 8/3k3/p7/2Pb4/PP6/2KP4/8/8 w KQkq - 0 1
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For white - anything but a draw?

[fen "6k1/1pp1b1p1/p6p/8/6P1/P6n/1PB5/2K1B3 w - - 0 1"] I've played this out quite a few times, but no joy. Trying to get my endgame back to a reasonable level, after years not playing!!
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Is it possible to win with a black bishop and king vs a king? [duplicate]

I am playing with only a bishop (black squares) and king vs a lone king. Is it possible for me to win?
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Is a forced draw by 50 moves possible with Bishop and Knight endgame?

Except for the variations where there is a capture or fork possible for the defending side, is a position possible where this kind of endgame will last more than 50 moves? Is somewhere a calculation ...
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What are the possible terms for interference in the bishop endgame?

In various positions in elementary bishop endgames, the stronger side tries to prevent the sacrifice of the bishop for the last remaining pawn by interposing the diagonal with the bishop. For example, ...
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Pawns In The Bishop Endgames

Are there any general guidelines to choose the square colour for your own pawns in bishop endgames? Especially in knight vs bishop endgames, would you put your pawns on same coloured squares as the ...
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Endgame books or web-sources

What books or web-sources have people worked with to improve their endgame? I have gone over Silman's Complete Endgame Course: From Beginner to Master and Understanding Chess Endgames. I feel good ...
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How to play this bishop & pawn endgame?

[Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen "6k1/p4p2/1p2pPp1/7p/3Pb2P/1B2P1P1/P7/2K5 b - - 0 33"] I'm Black. In the game I deliberately allowed White pushing the pawn to f6, I was expecting ...
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Is this same colored-Bishop ending really drawn for Black?

I was playing as Black. Was there something I could of done to win in this position? Or was the game truly drawn? What are some endgame ideas for this position as Black? Black to move
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How do you draw in an opposite color bishops endgame with two pawns down?

Is it possible to draw in such an endgame? Are there exceptions? If so, what are they?
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Can Black create the second weakness?

I have played blitz game on lichess as Black and entered into drawn bishop endgame. My opponent tried to force the matters and lost in the end but at some point very interesting position arose, where ...
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Can Black win this bishop endgame?

[Title "White to move"] [fen "8/p3k3/1p2b2p/2pBPpp1/7P/P1P1K1P1/2P5/8 w - - 0 1"] Computer played 1.c4?after which I played 1...Bxd5!and the pawn endgame was lost for White. I wonder if there was a ...
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Kraemer vs Bacrot, 2013. Is this same-color bishop endgame won for black?

In the game GM Martin Kraemer vs GM Etienne Bacrot, 2013, we reach the following endgame with black to move: 8/3b1pkp/6p1/8/p7/7P/1P2BPPK/8 b - - 0 40 [White "Martin Kraemer"] [Black "Etienne Bacrot"]...
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What was the point of Shirov's 47...Bh3?

One of the most famous moves ever is Shirov's 47...Bh3!! in Topalov - Shirov, 1998. [FEN "8/8/4kpp1/3p1b2/p6P/2B5/6P1/6K1 b - - 0 47"] [Event "Linares"] [Date "1998"] [White "Veselin Topalov"] [Black ...
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Is this endgame winnable (for White)?

I ran into this position during a game against a computer, but I'm not sure if its winnable (I'm, White). Also, any comments on my play/computer's play would be highly appreciated. I'm not sure how ...
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Is the following endgame position a draw or white has advantage?

Hello, this is my first question on this site. Is the above position a draw or an advantage for white? I checked a few engines at different depths, some say it is advantage for white , some say it is ...
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Typical Good Bishop vs. Bad Bishop endgame - how to decide if stronger side has a definite win

Black here has 3 weak pawns; if any one of them falls - he will very likely lose the game as well. If he lets White king break through via c4-c5(d5) - White will also likely win. c5 pawn is a passed ...
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