Webinar 12. How to Play with Opposite-colored Bishops

Webinar 12. How to Play with Opposite-colored Bishops

FM Gertsog

Dear Chess Friends!

I’m absolutely sure you know that positions with bishops of opposite color have so many drawing tendencies. If both sides locate their pawns on squares of their bishop’s color then it’s quite difficult to find weaknesses and create any meaningful plan. That’s true, but it’s mainly about endgames. Pawn promotion now becomes much harder while the enemy bishop can always cover the square (located on the pawn route) that our bishop can’t attack. In such situation if neither side can find a clear winning plan then it’s likely to be a draw.

However, the situation is much different when it comes to middlegames. You may have heard this expression “Opposite-colored bishops – extra piece into the attack”. Sounds weird?! But it makes sense. What’s the idea?! The idea is that if you are attacking and can create weaknesses near the enemy king you may join your bishop to the attack and it wouldn’t have an opponent while the enemy bishop is of the opposite color and can’t cover these squares. That’s why it looks like extra piece. And this is where you can get the advantage and decide the outcome!

I’m sure that initiation the attack is one of the most important ideas when it comes to the positions with bishops of opposite color. That’s why, I’m glad to welcome you to my 12th webinar “How to Play with Opposite-colored Bishops”.

What are we going to do on the webinar?

I’m going to show you three classical game fragments where this strategical motif was applied:

  • Julius Perlis - Frank Marshall
  • Akiba Rubinstein – Rudolf Spielman
  • Tigran Petrosian – Lev Polugaevsky

 And I also prepared 3 exercises for you to complete! I’m sure after you solve them you’ll get better in such type of the positions and will be looking for them in your games.

The webinar starts on Sunday (24th of November) at 10 a.m. (EDT), 3 p.m. (GMT), 6 p.m. (Moscow time). This webinar is free.

Please, register for the webinar with this link:


Please, don’t forget to register in advance and reserve your spot in case of high number of attendees. 5 participants who register for the webinar first will be able to use a microphone.

See you on the webinar!
FM Victor Neustroev