B vs Ps Basic Motifs E-book: Basic Endings E-book: Bishop Endgames Must-Know Endings


The only critical case i.e. when the bishop on the shorter defensive diagonal has only two squares available is shown in the following diagram. The black bishop has not yet reached the safer, longer defensive diagonal, whilst White is threatening to penetrate on b7 and drive away the bishop from the shorter diagonal and so ensure the unimpeded advance of the pawn towards the promotion square.


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Vlado Kovacevic is a chess grandmaster and an endgame expert. He very successfully competed on the national team. From 2000 – 2004, he acted as selector of the Croatian Men’s national team. He is also a well-known chess author.