Webinar 35. Good & Bad Bishops

Webinar 35. Good & Bad Bishops

FM Gertsog

Dear Chess Friends!

I’ve just noticed that some of my young students really like to trade the material and they don’t mind whether this trade is in their favor or not. I believe it’s because they just want to capture something or maybe to simplify the position…

In reality during the game we should definitely evaluate which side gets more benefits of this trade. How to understand it? Just compare these pieces. For example, your knight and the enemy knight you are going to trade or your bishop and the enemy bishop. The other way to realize if the trade is in your favor or not is to compare pieces left on the board. If you get more advantage after this trade, then it’s in your favor.

I’m sure you know there are good and bad pieces. And you should improve (or exchange) your bad pieces and try to keep your good pieces active. In the middlegame a bad position of piece (for example, a bishop) can be compensated by the activity of the other pieces. For example, black has a bad light-squared bishop in French Defense and Semi-Slav Defense, but it is compensated by other pieces activity, tactical opportunities and solid pawn structure.

While in the middlegame bad bishop can be compensated, in the endgame bad bishop (or another piece) provides the other side with strong advantage that is usually enough to realize!

How to define if the bishop is good or bad? I think it’s not a big problem. The problem is how to improve your bad bishop or how to exploit the advantage of having a good bishop. This what I’m going to explain on my next 35th webinar: “Good & Bad Bishops”

I’m going to illustrate everything by the examples of games played by top grandmasters and, of course, explain the ideas behind their moves:

  • Yuri Averbakh – Semyon Furman
  • Theodore Taylor – Alexander Alekhine
  • Mikhail Botvinnik – Ilya Kan

And, of course, I prepared 2 exercises for you! So that you may try your new skills and abilities there at the webinar!

The webinar starts on Sunday (31st of May) at 10 a.m. (EDT), 2 p.m. (GMT), 5 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.

See you on the webinar!

FM Victor Neustroev