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Opposite-Colored Bishops: How Much is Enough?

  • GM BryanSmith
  • | Aug 8, 2013
  • | 14871 views
  • | 17 comments

You probably know about the drawing tendency of opposite-colored bishops in the endgame - particularly pure bishop endgames. For example, it is hard to believe that the following position, in which Black has three extra pawns, is a draw. But it is:

And yet, at the same time there are many positions in which only a slight advantage in an ending with bishops of opposite colors is decisive. Let's now see a famous ending by Jose Capablanca, described by the third world champion as his best ending ever:

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Capablanca (left) & Nimzowitsch

I believe that Nimzowitsch missed a draw at move 30. The ending was very interesting to analyze, and perhaps you have a different point of view and can show a way to win after 30.Bb8.


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  • 14 months ago

    GarryKakarov

    Excellent lesson. In particular the study by Chekhover is truly amazing.

  • 14 months ago

    diogens

    How much is  enough? (correct me IM)

    - if the pawns are in the same diagonal easier to defend

    - if the pawns are not very advanced, easier to defend

    - kings activity and centralizacion is an asset or weakness as in every endgame

    - as an average, two pawns advantage is sufficient to win regarding the previous points

  • 14 months ago

    fleaflicker2019

    first page

  • 14 months ago

    Newba

    that's great!

  • 14 months ago

    HPocket

    could anyone tell me:  why Capablanca didnt just castle long on move 17?  ty

  • 14 months ago

    gtkrouwel

    study by checkhover is win for black

  • 14 months ago

    hereandnow

    Cool

  • 14 months ago

    andantino07

    very helpful..

  • 14 months ago

    -_KNiGHt_-

    This is very useful.  Thanks! 

     

    =)

  • 14 months ago

    Chesspuzzles

    bryan u are the best.. u put the varitations into play and don't just mention them and leave us to imagine the moves.. u make an effort to help our games.. u r the best writer here i guess.

  • 14 months ago

    pikachu1234

    first

  • 14 months ago

    Kinn72

    Thanks for the instructive analysis on the Bishop moves dealing with same and opposite color squares.

  • 14 months ago

    cannedpawn

    Nice article, Bryan. Plan to go over the Nimzovich-Capa game.

  • 14 months ago

    thatsunpossible

    Lol @chess960now . Well done!

  • 14 months ago

    Seung-hyun

    nice article thank you for post

  • 14 months ago

    ichesshard

    Thanks for the article!

  • 14 months ago

    chess960now

    First!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry everyone. Too much time around the daily puzzle people.

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