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


The easiest win is, as a rule, with a rook’s pawn -the reason being that the shorter defensive diagonal is in most cases too short for the enemy bishop. However, we should avoid the premature advance of the pawn on the seventh rank since this gives rise to an exceptional drawn position. White to move cannot win; in this position actually the shorter defensive diagonal does not exist so the bishop cannot be brought by a round-about route to the longer diagonal. The only possible square b7 is firmly controlled by Black.


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GM Vlatko Kovacevic

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.