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I have watched ten of your videos and am very impressed. They are very clear and easy to follow/understand. I have learned a great deal and am looking forward to viewing the remaining lectures.
Thank you for providing some much needed information.
sir at 24:11 wont it be better for white to move Bh3 restricting the king rather than protecting that pawn
I personaly think this video wins 1# in chess.com video series it taught me alot! I watched it 10 times already. Even back when i was 1400s in standard I always love the bishop pair. Thanx for the video man.
Thanks a lot for the positive comments, I am trying hard to be good in the lectures, and your support means a lot to me!
That was educational and made me work. Thank you
Thanks you very much.
@djort, Hi, the game is Kunte- Fernandez, Daniel from Sydney open 2010. Cheers!
Is it possible to writte the names of the 2 players in the game of the first example, because I am not able to understand (not good in english), please. I would like to find the pgn.
the bishop pair against the queen in the first video was awesome!
Dear JG27Pyth, indeed I chose samples in which subtle play was needed. The idea was to show that even with strong players are helpless against the bishop pair. The winning player was forced to find the subtle moves, as his opponent was also defending very well. Which means that when you play against the opponent of yor club level, he will also make mistakes, and you will not be the only one. Good luck with your games!
Hi GM Bojkov, thank you for the great lectures, they are fantastic, definitely some of the best on chess.com. Very clearly presented and every question in each position is always answered. Thanks again and hope to hear more soon.
Wonderful games very well explained and very well chosen examples to illustrate the Bishop pair... but this video also serves to confirm my impression that the strength of the Bishop pair really does not count for much unless the player with the bishop pair is very strong. Very accurate resourceful play (the kind this video illustrates!) seems needed to turn the Bishop pair to real advantage. Ordinary club players aren't going to find the moves that Giri or Steinitz found. Giri's technique from the point he sacs the exchange to the end of the game is extraordinary and beautiful -- I can only dream of playing with such a combination of creativity and accuracy.
Great video. Thank you for the lecture. I was especially impressed with the first game, seeing how the two bishops set up a fortress that even the opposing King and Queen could not breach. Wow!
Great video. Thanks!
It was very interesting on how both bishop were able to work sde by side,first time ever seen that conjunction.Have been playing chess on and off for several years,but admit due to circumstances haven't played in a while..hope to remedy that now that i'm on this site.Truly enjoy the game.Thank you.
Good video. More, please!
by GM Dejan Bojkov
This weekend Grandmaster Dejan Bojkov continues his video series on the discussion of "piece couples", and how to use them in chess. The most talked about and common couple in the history of chess is on the docket today: The Bishop Pair! These incredibly instructive examples of not only the "aggressive" power of the bishops, but their "defensive coordination" as well, are pure chess brilliance!
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GM Dejan Bojkov
Dejan Bojkov is a Grandmaster, originally from Bulgaria. As a youngster, Dejan was the winner of numerous Youth Championships -- including Boys Under 14 and Boys Under 18 Bulgarian Champion. This translated to success on the international stage, with his most recent victory coming at the Sydney International Open in Australia (2010). As a trainer his work has known little failure, and some of his students include Antoaneta Stefanova-former World Womens Champion.
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