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

Move directly on the board to input a solution. Either click first on the start square and then on the target square. Or click on the piece, hold on to it, move it tot he target square and let go of it. The button ‘Left arrow’ takes back the move.
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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.