B+P vs scB Basic Motifs E-book: Basic Endings E-book: Bishop Endgames Important Endings


With the b-pawn on the seventh rank White always wins irrespective of his king being on the shorter or the longer side since in both cases the black bishop has only one available square on the shorter defensive diagonal. White might face some difficulties in conversion of advantage only in the position researched by Centurini in 1856. White to move wins although Black can interfere with the winning transfer of the bishop on a7 and b8.


Key moments:

Black is in zugzwang
Threat is Bd8-Bc7. Black king must go back to c6
White gains a tempo to transfer the bishop to a7

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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.