Mastery: Master Games

Bishop Battles

Bishop Battles

Make your bishops count!

Join Jon Ludvig Hammer as he competes with strong Grandmasters including former World Champion Vishy Anand. Each game is influenced by Jon Ludvig's handling of bishops. Watch his masterful use of the bishop pair, fights between bishops and knights, and opposite-colored bishops. Enjoy and keep a close eye on Hammer's bishops!

  • The Power Of The Bishop Pair

    Can you handle the awesome power of the bishop pair? GM Hammer really hammers home the beauty and value of the two bishops in this, the first of his five-part course.

    • 24 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Winning With The Bishop Pair

    How can the bishop pair help you win with Black? Combine their powers as an unbelievable attacking force! GM Jon Ludwig Hammer shows you the way in a recent victory.

    • 16 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Hammer vs Banikas

    Do you prefer bishops or knights? Opinions differ, but almost all grandmasters usually prefer the bishops, especially in pairs! Find out why as GM Jon Ludwig Hammer breaks down one of his games against another grandmaster.

    • 20 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Fear The Bishops: Hammer vs Krasenkow

    GM Jon Ludwig Hammer presents maybe the best game that he's ever played, against the 2700 rated GM Michal Krasenkow. Check out his positional pawn sac, exchange sac, and the ensuing complications. It's a veritable feast of strategic goodness that must...

    • 27 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Anand's Bishops in Norway

    GM Hammer takes on a living chess legend, Vishy Anand, in this must-see lesson! Find out how the Indian Grandmaster was able to notch an important win in an interesting Reversed Dragon opening by using the power of the bishop.

    • 19 min
    • 5 challenges
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