Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 1 : How to Move a Bishop in a Chess Game

Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 1 : How to Move a Bishop in a Chess Game


Now I will tell you about the moves of the
bishop. The bishop moves on the diagonals. Again the bishop can move as many squares
as it wishes and as many squares as it is able to assuming that it is not blocked by
opposing pieces or its own pieces but any open diagonals just as the rook moved on the
open files, the bishop moves on the open diagonals. Now a theme to note is that you do have two
bishops in the game, the bishop from the queen’s side starts off and always plays on the black
diagonals. The other bishop, the one from the king’s side starts off and always plays
on the white diagonals and that is an important point to bear in mind and that is why two
bishops on the board really are a stronger unit than, in fact more than doubly strong,
what would bishop would be because the problem with one bishop if you simply had a black
bishop on the board, a bishop playing on the black squares on the board and you had an
opponent piece that you particularly wanted to take but which was on a white square this
bishop could not take it because it is if you wish, forever condemned to move on the
black squares only.

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