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Questions tagged [bishops]

Questions relating to the Bishop.

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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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Are a pair of bishops of the same colour usually worth less than a pair of bishops of different colours?

People have been discussing about the value of a pair of two bishops. I am wondering if two bishops are of the same colour, are they generally worth less than a pair of bishops of different colours? ...
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At what playing strength level should one be able to mate with King Bishop and Knight vs King?

As in title above, at what playing strength level should one be able to mate with King, Bishop and Knight vs King without much effort (with reasonable time left for the game)?
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Placing the bishops on the right square

I have always been curious about how I can determine whether the bishop is better on e7 or on d6 playing with Black (of course when c5 and b4 are not possible or satisfactory). I will provide some ...
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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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How can I get a collection of chess games with a 'Greek gift' sacrifice?

I would like to make a collection of chess games that feature the 'Greek gift' sacrifice. There are few games on chessgames.com annotated with this sacrifice. I could find blogs with individual ...
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Which opening will develop both bishops like the following diagrams?

I'm looking for a chess opening that would result in something similar to the following end-positionings: A nice open diagonal for the bishops. or maybe the other way: Also, what are the strengths ...
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Longest forced win with just a Knight or Bishop

A single knight or bishop usually isn't enough to force checkmate. However, I know there are certain positions where the defending side has his king in front of a rook pawn where a win can be forced. ...
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How to decide when is a3/h3 needed?

a3/h3 are frequently used to prevent the bishops from pinning the knights. I always have a hard time deciding whether to play them or not. Playing them loses moves and tempo while not playing can ...
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Is a forced draw by 50 moves possible with Bishop and Knight endgame?

Excepting 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 in ...
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What does “penned in” mean in Chess?

Bishops are worth more than knights except when they are penned in. What is meant by penned in? Does that mean that they are blocked by other pieces?
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When is a bishop stronger than a rook?

Usually the rook is stronger than the bishop. Are there situations (and obviously I'm not assuming equal material) in which the latter is stronger?
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Why is `a5` a better move in this position?

I was playing with a friend and we come to the following position (me white): My friend played b5 but computer analysis says that this is a mistake and he should have played a5. Now, I don't see why ...
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What are good defenses of black King with Bishop on f8 or g7?

As black, I like to return my dark square Bishop to the King after castling short. I want to develop my skills in defending that position. In what openings does it occur? And how should one in ...
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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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What are some techniques for BvN endgames?

Let's say all the pawns are on one side of the board, either left, middle or right. (If there were two pawn groups far from each other, I imagine the Bishop would be much better than the Knight.) So ...
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Why is Rook worth 5 points but Bishop is worth 3?

Why is Rook worth 5 points but Bishop is worth 3? Rooks only move straight but bishops only move diagonally. Is there something that makes moving straight advantageous to moving diagonally?
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Why did Shirov not trade bishop for knight in this position to play against doubled, isolated b-pawns?

In The wisest things ever said about chess by GM Soltis, he quotes this about tempi and gives the following example: Tempi should not be counted but weighed. [FEN "r2q1rk1/pp1b1nb1/n2p1pp1/3Pp2p/...
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Is exchanging a knight for a bishop and open the game a good strategy for beginners? [duplicate]

I just learned that bishops are better in an opened game, but in a "normal" game is it good to follow this strategy?
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When should I trade into opposite colored bishops?

This is something that always confuses me. If I have an edge, I may trade and the game becomes drawish. If I am down, I seem to trade and I get ground down. I'm aware of things like potential ...
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When and why should I trade minor pieces?

After looking at bishop placement and bishops compared to knights i came to the following question: When would it be beneficial to trade a knight for a bishop, or vice versa? This includes the ...
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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 ...
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How to exploit the advantage of a bishop over a knight?

Occasionally in a tournament game I will find myself with a material imbalance of BvN or BBvBN in a situation where I know the extra bishop should be superior (center cleared of pawns, pawns on both ...
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Is the bishop pair and a pawn equivalent to knight and a rook?

In theory, rook (5) + knight (3) = 8 points. And bishop (3.25) + bishop (3.25) + pawn (1) = 7.5 points. For example, do you think black is better in the following scenario or do you believe white ...
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Chess puzzle that is hard to understand

Today I was solving a chess problem as following picture : [fen "r1bqr1k1/1p3nbp/2pp2p1/2n2P2/p1PN1P2/2N1B1PP/PPQ3B1/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1"] The solution given was 1...Rxe3, but I did not get the actual ...
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What squares are the most active for bishops?

For a beginner: Where are bishops mostly exchanged or placed? Where are knights mostly exchanged or placed?
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endgame with single Bishop or single Knight?

If given the choice should I opt for an endgame with a single Bishop or a single Knight? I understand Bishops increase in value in the endgame but is the disadvantage of covering only half the squares ...
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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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What are good strategies or principles to prolonging the first stage of a game?

Is there a particular strategy or principle you can use to drag out the first stage of a game, namely, to preserve all your pieces as long as possible. One way I can imagine this being useful, if ...
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How do you hold a draw with a bishop against a rook?

Bishop and King versus Rook and King is a draw. Yet it is easy to go wrong and lose. How do you hold a draw?
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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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Is this Rook versus Bishop endgame winning for white (white to move)?

[fen "8/8/5b2/5k2/8/3R4/4K3/8 w - - 0 1"] In this endgame can white win ? If so what is the plan here for white or how sould black try to defend this position
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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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KBN vs K checkmate on nonstandard boards

I know how to win the endgame with bishop and knight, but it is a slippery process and seems to be just barely a win, with the enemy king very nearly escaping. For this reason, I am curious about the ...
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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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Does Boris Gelfand share his surname with a chess piece?

Boris Gelfand was just narrowly edged out by Anand in their match's rapid tiebreaks, and I thought I'd ask an oddball question related to him. The bishop chess piece is known by several different ...
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What is the bishop pair worth?

It depends on the position but with all things being equal how much material value would you say the bishop pair is valued at?
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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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Why is the light-squared bishop considered White's best bishop?

The same question applies to Black where the dark-squared bishop is considered Black's best bishop. This was from the book "Logical Chess Move by Move" by Irving Chernev where he quotes Siegbert ...
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Which are better, Knights or Bishops?

I have always thought Bishops were better - I know that a KBB vs. K endgame is easily won, whereas KNB vs. K is difficult, and KNN vs. K is impossible; but then again, some people prefer Knights. I ...
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Why is it a good idea to fianchetto above the castled King? If I do that, should I make sure to leave the Bishop there for a while to guard the hole?

I understand why fianchettoing can be helpful, even deadly to an opponent, but should it really be done on the side which the King castles into? I realize that the King's Indian Defense/Attack ...
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Is it possible to force checkmate with King, Knight, and Bishop vs. King?

If a King, Knight, and Bishop are pitted against the opposing King, is it possible to force checkmate? I find it very hard to do, enough so that I'm not sure whether there's a clean method.