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The bishop pair is when you have one light squared and one dark squared bishop (just like at the beginning of the game).

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If Magnus Carlsen had the Bishop Pair would he be able to beat Stockfish?

If Magnus Carlsen had neither knight at the start of the game and stockfish had neither bishop would Magnus Carlsen be able to beat Stockfish?
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Trading bishops [closed]

In many cases a bishop pair is stronger than a bishop and a knight or two knights. The question is, if both sides have already traded one of their bishops, losing the bishop pairs, should the other ...
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Can the "bishop pair advantage" be supported by statistics?

I heard a lot about the advantage of having a bishop pair and I am interested in the statistics about this. More specifically, if we collect a huge number of games (master games only, or games ...
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How should one play as Black vs. the Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation?

As the title above states, how should one play as Black vs. the Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation? In other words, after ` [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 (The Exchange ...
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Rossolimo 3.Bb5 vs open Sicilian against c5-Nc6 sicilian

Many chess players nowadays recommend the Rossolimo against c5-Nc6 Sicilian: [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 However, I find the open sicilian to be easier to play: [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 ...
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Structure-better structure or bishop pair in the endgame?

Does the bishop pair compensate for doubled pawns if there are no rooks to attack with the bishops in the endgame?
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In Bb5 systems against the Sicilian, why does White exchange their b5 bishop without playing a6?

Isn't White giving up too much, i.e. one tempo in the opening and the bishop pair, for too little, i.e. doubled pawns? For example, after [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 Bc6 is the second ...
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Can one win with two dark square bishops and two light square bishops and his opponent has only one queen?

Can one win with two dark square bishops and two light square bishops and his opponent has only one queen? I remember seeing this endgame being analyzed in a video around 10 years ago (and I think ...
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Is this 2B vs. N endgame won for the bishops?

Tim Krabbe gives this position on his list of serious promotions to rook and bishop: [FEN "8/8/5b2/8/K7/4N3/kp6/8 w - - 0 1"] [White "Boniface"] [Black "Pugh"] [Site "Bristol"] [Date "1995"] 1. Nd1 ...
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About 12...Bg5 and move orders in the 9.Nd5 Sveshnikov

After the moves [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c3 O-O 12.Nc2 12...Bg5 is considered the main move, to preserve the ...
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How to challenge a queen with a bishop pair in endgame?

Any hints how to survive or win having a bishop pair against a Queen in endgames. What you should do? how to cooperate between them? what's the opponent best strategies?
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Is this endgame a draw? 2 Bishops + 4 Pawns vs Queen + 1 Pawn

I had this position playing as Black, with Black to move: [FEN "8/5pk1/6p1/2pQ1b2/1p1b1P2/5K2/8/8 b - - 0 1"] I had both bishops + 4 pawns = 6.5 points + 4 points = 10.5 points. The opponent has a ...
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Should I accept doubled pawns to remove the opponent's bishop pair advantage?

I understand that this can be very situational which is why I don't provide a position as I am seeking some more generally applicable answer or things to consider. Assuming that the opponent has a ...
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How do you checkmate with the pair of bishops?

How do you checkmate with the pair of Bishops and King versus King? Are there any stalemates to look out for? What are the key ideas / positions / tricks to make it work? Thanks!
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