Monday, January 17, 2011

A bad Bishop should remain a bad one!

Submitted by mauerblume on
More most of you surely know what is called a "bad bishop". It is normally one that is blockaded through his own pawns.
Here an example

White to move

The picture speaks for itself! No wayout for the Bc8 in this moment. But naturally, moving d- or e-pawn he will come free.

So, if your opponent has a bad bishop try to
1. keep him on board
2. fix the the pawns on the colour of the bad bishop
3. exchange all other pieces
4. win the endgame with your good minor piece

Here a demonstration of the extra-class master Karpov:

1.Exchange of pieces, but the bad bishop remains on board

Karpov vs. Hort
Budapest 1973

2. Exchange of the last pieces, but not of the bad bishop
    and fix the black pawns on white-coloured squares

3. And now it is your turn. How did Karpov win that endgame? Any idea? 

Black to move

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