Bishops of Oposite Color Ending
Have you ever thought, what is the hardest kind of ending to play? And what do I do if I ever play it? Well it is right here!
Not to long ago I saw an amazing game that ended with a bishops of opposite color ending. You see Bishops of opposite color endings and very drawish as you can see in the position:Even though white is up two pawns there is absolutely no way to win. There is no way to dislodge the black king(it's on a light square) and the black bishop just keeps moving back a forth on the a2-g8 diagonal. White can't make any progress. If you don't believe me then play around with this position and see if white can win.
The reason that these endgames are so often drawish is because the defender can set up a blockade, like this position.
This kind of position is very hard to win. And it is amazing when a win is accomplished. So Here is how GM Joshua Waitzkin won with the white pieces.(As shown below).
- If you have the advantage in the middle game and the bishops of opposite color are on the board, avoid the endgame at all cost's because these games are very drawish.
3. Provide your opponent with as many problems as possible.
- If you are loosing in the middle game with the opposite bishops on the board, do your best to simplify the position into and endgame.
- Eliminate as many attacking chances for your opponent and build a blockade by putting all your pawns on the same color as your bishop, block the attacker's pawns, and place your king on the opposite color as the enemy bishop.