MP-1215

  If the pawns are not blockaded on the squares of the bishop’s colour and/or if they are widespread all over the board, the bishop is not inferior to the knight. Sometimes, the knight can even be inferior, especially if it is cut off from the pawns and in danger of getting trapped. Such an […]

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MP-1212

  If in similar position it yet remains to reach the base of the pawn chain, stronger side’s task is much more complicated. Victory can only be achieved with virtuosic maneuvers. In the game Torre – Jacobsen, Amsterdam, 1973, Black won in a study-like manner.  

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MP-1211

  With the pawns on one wing, the bishop is equal to the knight only if its diagonals are open. However, if the pawns are blockaded on the squares of the bishop’s colour, the knight is dominant – especially if it is able to attack the base of the enemy pawn chain. The following example […]

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MP-1209

  When the space between the pawns is scarce, the knight’s value increases, while the bishop’s powers diminish, especially if his pawn are fixed on the squares of the same colour as the bishop. A typical example where the bishop has to fight for a draw can be seen in the game Timman – Nunn, […]

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MP-1208

  In similar position, the activity of the king is of paramount importance. With the passive king, the stronger side is most often unable to prevent exchanges. Black found a very nice way to draw in the ending of the game Bakalar – Lechtynsky, Czech Championship, 1990.  

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MP-1207

  The stronger side faces a much more difficult task when the opponent does not have a single pawn fixed on the square of the bishop’s colour. If the bishop is also of the “wrong” colour and there are possibilities to exchange material, draw is inevitable. To illustrate this, let’s take a look at the […]

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MP-1206

  5.11.2. No passed pawns In the games without passed pawns, the outcome directly depends on the pawn structure. If the pawns are distributed on both flanks, the bishop is, in general, stronger, while the knight demonstrates its effectiveness in positions with blockaded pawns on the same wing. We will analyze some characteristic cases! 1206. […]

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