3 Bishop

3.1 Tutorial

The bishop moves diagonally in any direction it wishes and as far as it wishes as long as the squares are free. If an opposing piece blocks its way the bishop can capture it and occupy its square,

The bishop has a special characteristic. It always remains on squares of one single colour. In chess this results in many strategic consequences. It can develop some power along free diagonals but it can only ever reach half of the squares on the chessboard.

In open positions two bishops are very effective because together they can control a lot of squares. Tow bishops cooperating like this are known as the bishop pair. Because the bishop pair can work so well, in practice the bishop is a tad more valuable than the knight.

3.2 Exercises

Ziehen Sie direkt auf dem Brett, um einen Lösungszug einzugeben. Entweder drücken Sie nacheinander auf Start- und Zielfeld. Oder Sie drücken auf die Figur, halten Sie fest, ziehen Sie aufs Zielfeld und lassen Sie dort los. Mit dem Schalter 'Pfeil links' nehmen Sie Züge zurück.
Nochmal von vorne

The bishop is a long-range piece but it is only able to work on white or black squares. Two bishops are extremely powerful when working together. They like free diagonals and positions where they are not blocked by pawns.