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4.2. Bishop versus Pawn

Since bishop is unable to construct a forced mating net even in positions with a rook’s pawn, in endings of king and bishop against king and one or more pawns, a drawing possibility must be found, i.e. a way how to stop by a sole bishop or in conjunction with the king enemy pawn ( s ) on the way towards the promotion square. In view of the essentially different strategies employed in different cases, we may divide these endings into three thematic wholes: Bishop versus one pawn Bishop versus two pawns Bishop versus three pawns

4.2.1. Bishop versus One Pawn

Bishop, as a rule, draws easily against one pawn without the assistance of the king provided it can achieve control of the promotion square. With the exception of the rook’s pawn, bishop may choose between two defensive diagonals: the longer and the shorter one.


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