Opposite-Coloured Bishops and Rooks
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Opposite-Coloured Bishops and Rooks

GM Illingworth

In this blog post, I annotated a game from the Croatian Junior Team Championship, which featured an interesting opposite-coloured bishop endgame with rooks on the board. Such positions can be quite difficult for humans to play and for engines to understand, due to the combination of strategic and dynamic factors present in such positions. Our illustrative game will be a great example of this.

What are your experiences in opposite-colour bishop endgames with rooks on the board? Do you have a great game to share?
Seven years ago, I narrowly missed my first tournament win against a Grandmaster with the Black pieces in such an endgame, because I mistakenly traded the rooks into a drawn pure opposite-coloured bishop endgame:
See you for the next blog post!