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Bishops of opposite colors

Position 1, 2 and 3

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  • 14 months ago

    IM attilaturzo

  • 14 months ago

    IM attilaturzo

  • 14 months ago

    IM attilaturzo

  • 14 months ago

    Ronliv

    The first position is hopelessly drawn since Black will snap the pawn if it ever moves to f6. In the second position, white enjoys a dominating King position and an extra pawn. Nevertheless, Black draws in mindless fashion by moving his Bishop back and forth along the a1-h8 diagonal, trading pawns whenever the opportunity presents itself, and finally giving up his Bishop for the final enemy pawn. The 3rd position shows one of the main problems the stronger side faces when Bishops of opposite colors exists: the passed pawn on e6 is firmly blocked by black's King and white's light squared Bishop is unable to influence anything on that color. Thus, it can't make the King step away from the blockade, nor can it attack black's kingside pawns!

    Useful advice: When you are in trouble, an excellent "last stand" strategy is to trade into a Bishop of opposite colors' position.

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