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									Exeter Chess Club: Bishops: good, bad and both.

                    Dr. Dave

                  April 19, 2004
Contents

1 Good and bad bishops                                                                                           2
    1.1   Good bishops: active bishop used for attack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          2
          1.1.1   Euwe - Thomas, 1934       . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    2
          1.1.2   Stahlberg-Trifunovich, 1951     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    3
    1.2   Bad bishops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      4
    1.3   Bad bishop? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      4

2   The two bishops                                                                                              6
    2.1   Bishops: two bishops in ending      . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    6
    2.2   Bishops: two bishops in open middlegame          . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
    2.3   Bishops: two bishops in a semi-open or closed middlegame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             7
          2.3.1   Bronstein D - Golombek H (Moscow) [E43] 1956             . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
          2.3.2   Rubinstein - Nimzovitch (Berlin, 1928) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         9
    2.4   The two bishops in a semi-open endgame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           9
          2.4.1    [Event “Two Bishops?”][Site ””][Date “1873.??.??”][Round ”?”] [White “Rosen-
                  thal”][Black “Steinitz ”][Result “0-1”] . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
          2.4.2   Englisch-Steinitz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10




                                                       1
Chapter 1

Good and bad bishops

1.1       Good bishops:     active
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        bishop used for attack
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1.1.1     Euwe - Thomas, 1934
                                                                   Z0Z0Z0Z0
                                                                   0ZBZ0O0Z
          N N
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3.     N N B B
                            R
                       c3 f6 4.
                               B
                                  g5 e7
                                                                   Z0S0O0Z0
        B N                B Q
                                                                   PO0Z0ZPO
5. e3 O–O 6.    f3 bd7 7.   c1 c6 8.  d3
           ×c4             ×e7    ×e7 11.
      N    R
d×c4 9.            d5 10.


                                                                   Z0ZQZRJ0
O–O ×c3 12.       ×c3



                                                          White has the better bishop, currently pointed at


        rZbZ0skZ
                                                          Black”s King’s side, but this is only a temporary



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                                                          advantage. Left alone, Black can play ...Be6 or
                                                          move the b-pawn and play ...Bb7. White’s only


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                                                          hope of a win is to keep Black on the hop.



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                                                          16. f5



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                                                          Stops ...Be6 well enough, but Euwe has further
                                                          plans for this pawn - namely, to run it to f6, dis-


        Z0S0ONZ0
                                                          rupting the K-side and using the good bishop for
                                                          attack.


        PO0Z0OPO                                          Q             K
                                                                         B
                                                          16. . . ., b5 17. b3 b4 18. f6! g×f6 19.    R×c6
        Z0ZQZRJ0
                                                            ×e3+ 20.       h1



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                                                                   o0Z0ZpZp
                                                                   0ZRZ0o0Z
This was the main continuation from this opening,
                                                                   Z0Z0Z0Z0
                                                                   0o0Z0Z0Z
although it is now considered pretty played out.
Black has a bad bishop on c8, so...
12. . . ., e5 13. d×e5   N×e5 14. N×e5 Q×e5
                                                                   ZBZ0l0Z0
                                                                   PO0Z0ZPO
15. f4



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Black has a choice of several queen moves. In the

Q
first game we examine what happened after 15. . . .,
  e7 [next diagram]

                                                      2
             B
20. . . ., b7 Euwe and Kramer give the al-                N×e5 Q×e5 15. f4
ternatives:
             B         B            Q       Q             Qf6, stopping the f 5–f6 rush.
                                                          Here Black tried an alternative Q move 15. . . .,
                        ×e6 f×e6 22.
         K         R        Q      K        R
[ 20. . . ., e6 21.                    g4+ g5 [



                                                                   rZbZ0skZ
22. . . ., h8 23. c7] 23. ×e6+ h8 24. ×f6
R                 R
   g8 [ 24. . . ., fe8 25. Qf7] 25.R f2 winning a


                                                                   opZ0Zpop
pawn]
                 Qh5 with strong attack]
                                                                   0ZpZ0l0Z
[ 20. . . ., f5 21.
21. Rc×f6 Qe4 22. Qd2 Kh8
[Or 22. . . ., Rad8 23. Qg5+ Kh8 24. R×f7]
                                                                   Z0Z0Z0Z0
23. B×f7 Rac8
                                                                   0ZBZ0O0Z
[Much better was 23. . . ., Rad8 with good drawing
chances, despite White’s pressure e.g. 24. Qg5                     Z0S0O0Z0
[Rg8 25. B×g8 R×g8 26. Rf8 Q×g2+ =, or
                                                                   PO0Z0ZPO
24. Qf2 Qe7 25. Bb3 R×f6 26. Q×f6+ Q×f6
27. R×f6 Bd5 = ]
24. R 6f2 Rcd8 [ 24. . . ., Qg4]
                                                                   Z0ZQZRJ0
25. Qg5 (NEXT DIAGRAM)
                                                          16. f5 a5 17. a4
                                                                             B             R B             Re1
                                                          B
                                                          [ 17. a3 b5 18.     a2 b4 19.    c5 a6 20.


         0Z0s0s0j
                                                             b5, with the Black bishop having good play]
                                                                       Rb8 18. Qc2 Bd7
         obZ0ZBZp
                                                          17. . . .,
                                                                                          B×b5 R×b5
         0Z0Z0Z0Z                                             R
                                                          [Not 18. . . ., b5 19. a×b5 c×b5 20.
                                                          21. ×c8]


         Z0Z0Z0L0                                         19. Rd3 Rbd8 20. Qd2 b5


         0o0ZqZ0Z                                         [Not 20. . . ., Bc8 21. Q×a5 R×d3 22. B×d3
                                                          Q×b2 23. f6]
         Z0Z0Z0Z0
         PO0Z0SPO
                                                          21. a×b5 Alternatives are no better:
                                                                Rd6 Bc8]
         Z0Z0ZRZK
                                                          [ 21.
                                                          [ 21. B×b5 c×b5 22. R×d7 R×d7 23. Q×d7
                                                          Q×b2 24. Q×b5 Q×b5 25. a×b5 Rb8 “with mea-
                                                          gre chances for White” - Euwe]
25. . . ., Rd6                                            21. . . ., c×b5 22.    Bd5 Bc6
[Not 25. . . ., Qd4 26. Bd5 Qg7 [or 26. . . ., R×f2
27. Q×d8+ Kg7 28. Qg5+ Kf8 29. Qg8+ Ke7
30. Re1+ Kd6 31. B×b7] 27. R×f8+ R×f8                              0Z0s0skZ
28. R×f8+ Q×f8 29. Qe5+ Qg7 30. Qe8+]
                                                                   Z0Z0Zpop
26. Bd5! 1-0
                                                                   0ZbZ0l0Z
26. . . ., R×f2 27. Qg8#
                                                                   opZBZPZ0
The QGD is not a win for White; here Black solves
                                                                   0Z0Z0Z0Z
                                                                   Z0ZRO0Z0
the problem of the Bc8.



                                                                   0O0L0ZPO
                                                                   Z0Z0ZRJ0
1.1.2        Stahlberg-Trifunovich, 1951

                           N N B Be7
           N N                R   Bd3
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3.   c3 f6 4.    g5

         B N                 B Q 11.
5. e3 O–O 6.    f3 bd7 7.    c1 c6 8.
           ×c4              ×e7    ×e7
       N    R                   N 14.
d×c4 9.           d5 10.                                  With the full entry of this piece into the game,
O–O ×c3 12.      ×c3 e5 13. d×e5 ×e5                      Black has at least equal chances

                                                      3
23. e4                                                         N B              B
                                                    21. d5 ×d5 22.e×d5 g5 (exchanging the
      B      R          Q       Q
[ 23. ×c6 ×d3 24. ×d3 ×c6 may even be off White’s best minor piece)
                                                    R Q
better for Black, since Black’s Queen-side majority 23. fe1       B B   ×c1 25. ×c1 h5      R
                                                    Q             Q Q                       B R
                                                             e7 24. e4
look like the most important feature of the game]   26. g3 h×g4 27. ×g4
                                                    Q N         R
                                                                         f6 28. d3     h4
      B                Q
             ×d5 24. e×d5                      Q    29. g3 b6 30. e4
Q×f2+ 26. K×f2 draw agreed
23. . . .,                        b6+ 25.        f2
                                                 ( 30.Be4 Rc4)¿



1.2       Bad bishops

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                                                                   ZqZ0Zpo0
Bs move on squares of only one colour. A bishop
hemmed in by its own pawns on the same colour


                                                                   pZ0o0Z0o
squares is called a bad bishop. It is sometimes
tempting to put pawns on the same colour squares
as the bishop, particularly in the ending, with the
                                                                   ZpZPoPa0
                                                                   0OnZ0ZPZ
hope that the bishop will defend them. Well, unfor-
tunately, the bishop will probably be so blocked by


                                                                   O0ZQZBZ0
the pawns that it can hardly defend itself. Depend-
ing on what other pieces there are on the board, the
opponent’s king will probably be able to slip in be-
                                                                   0ZPZ0Z0O
                                                                   Z0ARZRJ0
tween the pawns, and the bishop won’t be able to
stop it. You want your pawns on one colour square,
and the bishop on the other, in the middle game
and in the ending. (And if you’ve got two bishops
in the middle game, you generally want your pawns
right out of the way.) So be careful where you put
your pawns, and don’t get your bishops stuck one
side or the other of a chain of pawns.
                                                                   R   R N   R
                                                                       ×d5 32. ×g7             N
                                                               R   K R K     Q                 K
                                          30. . . .,   h5 31. g4                           f4
                                          33. g8+ d7 34. ×c8 ×c8 35. g8+ b7
                                                                   K Q   Q N   ×d3 38.c×d3
                                                           R
                                          !       36. h1      h6 37. g1
   [Event “bad bishops”][Site ”-”][Date
                                            ×h2+ 1-0
“1956.??.??”][Round ”?”] [White “bar-
                                                                    R          Q       Q        K
            N               N                  N Q
den”][Black “rossolimo”][Result “1-0”]                    ×h2+ 39. ×h2         ×c1+ 40. g2
                                                                   K Q             K    K
                                          ( 38. . . .,
1.e4 c5 2. f3 d6 3.d4 c×d4 4. ×d4
  N                     B Q                    N
                                       f6   d2+ 41. g1 ×h2+ 42. ×h2 c6)

  B B                   N   B                  B
5. c3 a6 6.f4 e6 7. e2    c7 8.O–O     c6
                     ×d4 11. ×d4       c6 Please don’t interpret this too rigidly: a bishop is
   B  B B
9. e3     d7 10.g4
12. f3 e5 13. e3 e7 14.f5 ?!              bad only if it lacks scope.



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       Zpl0apop
       pZbo0m0Z
       Z0Z0oPZ0                                            1.3     Bad bishop?

       0Z0ZPZPZ
       Z0M0ABZ0                                                    N B   N
                                                            Botvinnik-Kann, 1939N
                                                                                  B
                                                                                    1. d4 f6 2. c4


       POPZ0Z0O
                                                                                                ×c3+
                                                                    Q  B N     Q N
                                                           e6 3.   c3   b4 4.    f3 c5 5. a3
                                                                                          c2 ×d2 9.
                                                           N                        B
                                                           6. b×c3 a5 7.     d2 e4 8.


       S0ZQZRJ0
                                                             ×d2 d6 10. e3 e5 11. d×e5 d×e5 12.
                                                                            N     N
                                                                                                  d3

                                                           N Q        N Q      B R
                                                           h6 13. O–O O–O 14. f4 d7 15. f5 f6 16.
                                                             e4 d8 17. ×f6+ ×f6 18. e4 b8 19.
                                                           R             B   B
             Q                 Rad1 Rc8 17.a3              R           R   R R     R
                                                             ad1 b6 20. h3 a6 21.     d5 b5 22. c×b5
                                                             ×b5 23. c4 b6 24.                   ×b6
Q         Q N                  Nb6 20.Bc1 Nc4                         B
14. . . ., h6 15. d2 b5 16.                                                        b1 d8 25.
  b7 18. d3 d7 ! 19.b4                                     a×b6 26. e4 c8

                                                       4
      0Zbs0ZkZ
      Z0Z0Zpo0
      0o0Z0l0o
      Z0oBoPZ0
      0ZPZPZ0Z
      O0Z0Z0ZP
      0ZQZ0ZPZ
      Z0Z0ZRJ0
White’s theoretically ‘bad’ bishop dominates the
board and gives White a winning game. It is
Black’s bishop that is stuck behind White’s pawns
on white squares!
  Q B   Q B    R Rd6
   K        Q R 33.
27.   a4 d7 28.    a7 e8 29.    b1
                            ×a5 a6
Q R    Q Q   R Q 36.
30. a4 h7 31. a5 b×a5 32.
  ×c5 a2 34.
K R   Q R   R Q 39.
                e3 a6 35.    b8 a4
                           a8 ×a8
B R    Q B    Q
  h2 a3 37.   c5 a2 38.
  ×a8 ×a8 40.    ×e5 c6 41.   c7 1-0




                                                    5
Chapter 2

The two bishops

”Deux fous gagnent toujours, mais trois fous, non!” Ditmas,H - Regis,D (March, 1979)
                                                                    N                          Q
                                                                                            1. e4
– Alexander ALEKHINE, on the advantage of the e6 2. d4 d5 3.                               ×d5 5.
                                                         N        B Q                      N        N
                                                                           d2 c5 4. e×d5
Two Bishops at amateur level
                                                         N     N   N                  N
                                                      gf3 c×d4 6. c4 d6 7. O–O c6 8. b3
                                                                 b×d4 ×d4 10.       ×d4 a6 11. b3
                                                         Q      B B                             B
                                                      f6 9.
The bishop is a longer-range piece than the knight.
                                                             N     N
                                                      c7 12.       b2 d6 13. h3 O–O 14.     d3 e5
This advantage is sometimes called the minor ex-
                                                    15.      f5 e4 16.    ×d6
change, for, all else being equal, the bishop will
be a better piece than the knight. Two bishops, White sensibly takes the two bishops.
provided they can make use of their better range
                                                                 Q
and aren’t blocked by pawns, are rather better than 16. . . ., ×d6 17.       B Q                R
                                                         Q B           Q
                                                                            e2 e7 18. c4 d8 19.
two knights or a knight and a bishop, particularly    c1 f5 20.        f4
in fully open positions. (Think how easy it is to
mate with the two bishops. Have you ever tried to
mate with two knights?)
Capablanca advised rehearsing the mate


                                                               rZ0s0ZkZ
with the two Bishops, not because it was
particularly likely to occur in practice, but


                                                               ZpZ0lpop
to experience directly the power of two Bish-



                                                               pZ0Z0m0Z
ops cooperating in an open position.



                                                               Z0Z0ZbZ0
So in OPEN positions, the two bishops are boss.
In CLOSED positions, the knights may be better.
In SEMI-OPEN positions. well...
                                                               0ZPZpL0Z
The side with the two bishops must not let the
                                                               ZPZ0Z0ZP
                                                               PA0ZBOPZ
knight(s) settle on any outposts, and can create



                                                               S0Z0ZRJ0
trouble on both sides of the board at once when
the poor knights will be hard-put to keep up. It’s
generally though that the two bishops are good
enought to win. Paulsen made use of this in the
middle 1800s, but the technique was perfected and
publicised by Steinitz.
Let’s have a look at these in turn.


                                                         Black must make a concession - in the event, I
                                                         buried the bishop on g6. White’s two bishops and
2.1      Bishops: two bishops in                         queen’s side majority win the game.
                                                                 B    R R     R   ×d1+ 22.    ×d1
                                                         R        Q R    Q R
        ending                                           20. . . ., g6 21.   fd1
                                                                                  ×e7 ×e7 25. b4
                                                         R         R N      K
                                                           d8 23.    e5 e8 24.
                                                                      ×d7   ×d7 27. c5
                                                                  B     B B    B
                                                           d7 26.                       f8 28. c6
This was my introduction to the power of the two         b×c6 29.    ×a6 f6 30.  d4 f7 31. a4 b3
bishops.                                                 32. a5

                                                     6
       0Z0Z0j0Z                                            Nunn/Griffiths book. White has many advantages,


       Z0ZnZ0op
                                                           including an extra pawn.
                                                                 Nf5!
       BZpZ0o0Z
                                                           25.



       O0Z0Z0Z0
                                                     “White is still in no hurry to exchange queens:

                                                           B             Q
                                                     he permits his opponent the option of 25. . . .,


       0O0ApZ0Z
                                                       ×f5 26 ×f5 instead of the game continuation.



       ZbZ0Z0ZP
                                                     EITHER WAY HIS BISHOP-PAIR WILL DOM-
                                                     INATE THE BOARD. But he is also returning


       0Z0Z0OPZ
                                                     the extra pawn: possibly as instructive a piece of
                                                     Grandmaster thinking as anything that has gone


       Z0Z0Z0J0
                                                     previously. The point is not that the variations
                                                     are difficult to calculate, but that Nunn is thinking
                                                     boldly; dynamically. Time and again we see how
                                                     his thinking is the reverse of a weaker player. It is
1-0                                                  not, ‘If I play Nf5 I shall lose a pawn; I will only
                                                     do that as a last resort’; but rather, ‘I can simplify
It’s worth dwelling on this for a moment. Material the position by Nf5 and continue to generate pow-
is equal, and Black can think about getting his own erful threats; it would be a miracle if Black could
majority moving, but its all too late. The two bish- get away with ...Rxc2”

                                                                     Q            N          R      B
ops cover all the key squares, and Black can hardly
                                                     25. . . ., ×d5 26.        ×e7+ ×e7 27.           ×d5
                                                           R                 R   R           R
stop the advance of the a-pawn.
                                                       ×e1 28.      ×e1 ×c2 29.          e7
                                                           It’s all starting to clear up nicely.
2.2      Bishops: two bishops in                                     B           B×f7+ Kf8 31. Rc7 h×g5
                                                                 B
                                                           29. . . ., c6 30.
        open middlegame                                    32.      c5+ 1-0

This is the other easy case: the bishops usually
chop up the opposition.



   N                   N                    N
 Nunn - Tal (Wijk Ann Zee, 1982)       1. e4
                                ×d4 c6 5.
                                             2.3 Bishops: two bishops in a
N                QB N
c5 2.    f3 e6 3. d4 c×d4 4.
                                                      semi-open or closed mid-
N B                                             B
  c3 a6 6. g3 c7 7.    g2 f6 8. O–O h6 9.

                N    B                          N
  b3 e7 10. a4 d6 11. f4 O–O 12. g4 d7
                                                      dlegame
                    Q R
13. h4 b5 14. g5 h7 15.      e3 b4 16.    e2
                         ×d5 ac8 19. a5
N           N B     R R                         Q
d5 17. e×d5 e×d5 18.

R           B B    Q Q
  b8 20.    ed4 g4 21.   ae1 fd8 22.      e4
                                             This is not so easy. The side with the two bishops
  e8 23.    f2 d7 24.   d5 d6
                                             must open lines, but if it were easily possible, the


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                                             Nimzo-Indian would not be a viable defence..



       Z0Zbapon
                                                           Here are two fine examples where the Bishops win,
                                                           one more open, one more closed.


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       O0ZQZ0O0
       0o0M0O0O
       ZNZ0Z0Z0                                            2.3.1          Bronstein D - Golombek H


       0OPZ0ABZ
                                                                         (Moscow) [E43] 1956


       Z0Z0SRJ0                                                  B
                                                           1. d4 f6 2. c4 e6 3.
                                                           e3 b7 6.
                                                                     N
                                                                         N
                                                                             B N
                                                                                      N B N
                                                                                 c3 b4 4.

                                                                                      N
                                                                                          B
                                                                                          f3 b6 5.
                                                                        d3 e4 7. O–O ×c3 8. b×c3
                                                                                            N
                                                                                      B Q    N Q
                                                           O–O 9. e1 f5 10. f3 f6 11. a4 c6 12. e4
Here   is   an   instructive   moment    from    the       f×e4 13. f×e4 e5 14. g5 e7 15. c2 d6

                                                       7
        rZ0Z0skZ                                                   0Z0Zrs0j
        obopZ0op                                                   o0Znl0Z0
        0onl0m0Z                                                   0ono0Z0o
        Z0Z0o0A0                                                   ZBZ0o0o0
        PZPOPZ0Z                                                   PZ0OPZ0Z
        Z0OBZ0Z0                                                   L0O0Z0A0
        0ZNZ0ZPO                                                   0Z0Z0ZPO
        S0ZQZRJ0                                                   Z0Z0SRJ0
                                                     After the pins on the King’s-side have finally been
Black is doing his best to get White to play d 4–d5, disposed of, White starts up in the same trade on
when as well gaining the square c5, Black would the Queen’s-side!
expect the blocked pawn formation to favour the 27. . . ., ×f1+ 28.   R       ×f1 cb8   R     N
Knights. White finds an interesting way of resisting
the encouragement.                                   this decentralising move doesn’t look right

     B R            B Qe7 18. Ne3 d6 [                      29.   Bc4 Rf8
                  N   Bh4 Nd8 20. Nd5
16.       h4 ae8 17.     g3
18. . . ., e×d4 19. f5] 19.



                                                                   0m0Z0s0j
        0Z0mrskZ                                                   o0Znl0Z0
        obo0l0op                                                   0o0o0Z0o
        0o0o0m0Z                                                   Z0Z0o0o0
        Z0ZNo0Z0                                                   PZBOPZ0Z
        PZPOPZ0A                                                   L0O0Z0A0
        Z0OBZ0Z0                                                   0Z0Z0ZPO
        0Z0Z0ZPO                                                   Z0Z0ZRJ0
        S0ZQZRJ0
                                                            Black’s position now falls apart
                                                                  R
                                                                  ×f8+        Q×f8 31.              Nc5 32.
                                                            N
                                                            30.                              d×e5             e×d6
This leap into the (still) empty d5 point provokes            ×e4
Black into giving up the remaining Bishop. It               [Have the Knights finally secured a defence?]
                                                                                       Nc5
should not be supposed that Golombek was un-
aware of the dangers in this, but considered it rel-        33. d7 !      33. . . .,

B                       Q K
atively best, given the pressure on f6.
                                              R
                                           20. . . .,
                                                                   Q          Q Kg7 35. Qg8+ Kf6
                                                            [ 33. . . ., ×a3 34. d8= +
  ×d5 21. c×d5 c6 22.
        Q             B N
                              b3 h8 23.
h6 24. a3 g5 25. g3 d7 26. d×c6 ×c6           N
                                               ae1
                                                                Q
                                                            36. f7#]
27. B  b5                                                   34. Be5+ Kh7 35. Bd3+

                                                        8
        0m0Z0l0Z                                                 0Z0l0mkZ
        o0ZPZ0Zk                                                 s0ZbZpop
        0o0Z0Z0o                                                 0Z0o0m0Z
        Z0m0A0o0                                                 Z0oPZ0Z0
        PZ0Z0Z0Z                                                 0oPZ0O0Z
        L0OBZ0Z0                                                 ZPZBZ0MP
        0Z0Z0ZPO                                                 0A0Z0LPJ
        Z0Z0Z0J0                                                 Z0Z0S0Z0
Golombek comments that these weren’t mere Bish-
ops, but Archbishops! 1-0                      White’s next move may look odd, but the Nf6 is
                                               Black’s best defensive piece. White can take it off,
                                               then bring his knoght into play on e4. Black will
2.3.2         Rubinstein -          Nimzovitch be forced to make entry points for White.
            (Berlin, 1928)                                   B Q   N Qh6 30. f5 Ra3 31.
                                                           28. ×f6 ×f6 29. e4
                                                           R R       Kg3 Bc8 34. Re1
        N               Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d6 5.               B   Q N
                                                             b1 a6 32. g4 f6 33.

            B N         Nge2 e5 8. d5 B×c3+
1. d4 f6 2. c4 e6 3.                                         b7 35. e2 d7
e3 c5 6. d3 c6 7.
Normally in the Nimzo-Indian Defence, Black
                                                                 0Z0Z0ZkZ
                                                                 ZbZnZ0op
hopes to double the c-pawns to give a target for
attack in the event that White disappears off to
the King’s side. Not here, so Black can only hope
                                                                 rZ0o0o0l
                                                                 Z0oPZPZ0
to gum up the game for his knights.
    Q N               Q                       N
                                                                 0oPZNZPZ
     ×c3 e7 10.
    N R                B          B
9.                 c2 O–O 11. O–O g6

       Q              K               R
12.   g3 e8 13. f3 d7 14.    d2 a6 15. h3


                                                                 ZPZBZ0JP
b5 16. b3 b6 17.   h2 a5 18.   ab1 b4



        rZ0ZrZkZ                                                 0Z0ZQZ0Z
        Z0ZbZpop                                                 Z0Z0S0Z0
        0l0o0mnZ
        o0oPo0Z0
        0oPZ0Z0Z
                                                           White’s forces are ideally placed, and Black’s
                                                           are scattered. The following combinational finish


        ZPZBOPMP
                                                           should come as no surprise.
                                                                 N     R            Q N                 R
        PZQA0ZPJ
                                                                  ×d6   ×d6 37.
                                                                     Q K            R R             Q
                                                           36.                    e8+    f8 38.    e7
                                                                                                ×f6+
                                                           K          Q K
                                                           g6 39.   f7+ h8 40.   e8 d8 41.


        ZRZ0ZRZ0                                             g8 42.   e6+ g7 43. f6+ 1-0



White’s bishops are well-placed for attack and de-         2.4         The two bishops in a
fence. The knights don’t seem to know where to go
next to be useful.                                                   semi-open endgame
White’ s next move forces open line for the bishops.
                   N               B Q
                                                           And this is the hardest case, which Paulsen and

Q              B N               R
19. f4 e×f4 20. e×f4 f8 21.   c1 d8 22.                    Steinitz perfected. The side with the two bishops

        R       R R                R N
  f2 a4 23.   b2   g6 24.   bd1 a×b3 25.                   must deny the knights any stable outposts while
a×b3 a7 26.     de1 ×e1 27.    ×e1 f8                      advancing on both sides of the board.

                                                       9
2.4.1     [Event “Two Bishops?”][Site
                                                             0Z0srZkZ
         ””][Date “1873.??.??”][Round
                                                             o0Z0Zpap
                                                             0o0ZbZpZ
         ”?”]      [White      “Rosen-
         thal”][Black “Steinitz ”][Re-
         sult “0-1”]
                                                             Z0o0Z0Z0
      N N N                                                  0Z0Z0Z0Z
 N B B N       B
                                                             ZNO0A0ZP
1.e4 e5 2. c3    c6 3. f3 g6 4.d4 e×d4
5. ×d4 g7 6. e3 ge7 7. c4 d6 8.O–O
      N  B          N
  N Q
O–O 9.f4
             R   Q N
            a5 10. d3 d5 11.e×d5   ×d5
                                                             PO0Z0OPZ
                                                             S0ZRZ0J0
12. ×d5     ×d5 13.c3
  B Q    Q     N     N
                        d8 14. c2   c4
15. ×c4 ×c4 16. f2 c5 17. f3 b6 18. e5
Q    Q B   R      N
  N Q
  e6 19. f3    a6 20. fe1 f6 21. g4 h5
22. f2 f7
                                                         B     B K                    R
                                                                         f7 22.f3 g5 23. ×d8
                                                     R      B       R                B
The poor knight isn’t really sparkling.              20. g5 f6 21. f4
                                                       ×d8 24. e3 h6 25. e1 f5 26.f4
                                                             N        B            K
                                                                                          f6

                                                         B B    B                  K K
                                                     27.g3 a5 28. c1 a4 29.a3 c4 30. f2 g×f4
                                                     31. ×f4    g5 32. ×g5 h×g5 33. e3
                                                                   R              K R
                                                                                          f6


        rZ0s0ZkZ
                                                                                         ×e1
                                                         K K    N B               K K
                                                     34.h4 g×h4 35.g×h4     e8+ 36. f2
                                                     37. ×e1                 ×e2 39. ×e2
                                                          K   K         K            K
                                                                e5 38. e2                 f4


        o0Z0Zqa0                                  K
                                                     40.c4 g4 41. e3 f4+ ! 42. e4 f3 43. e3



        bo0Z0opZ
                                                       g3 0-1



        Z0o0Z0Zp
        0Z0Z0O0Z
        Z0O0AQZ0
        PO0Z0MPO
        S0Z0S0J0
23.f5 g5 24.Rad1 Bb7 25.Qg3 Rd5 26.R×d5
Q×d5 27.Rd1 Q×f5 28.Qc7 Bd5 29.b3 Re8
30.c4 Bf7 31.Bc1 Re2 32.Rf1 Qc2 33.Qg3
Q×a2 0-1


2.4.2     Englisch-Steinitz

     N N B
 N B B N N
1.e4 e5 2. f3  c6 3. b5 g6 4.d4 e×d4
5. ×d4 g7 6. e3 f6 7. c3 O–O 8.O–O
N Q        N           e×d5 11. ×d5        N
Q   B N  B B                                N
  e7 9. d2 d5 10.e×d5
  ×d5 12. e2 g4 13. ×g4 ×g4 14. b3
Q   N R     R
  ×d2 15. ×d2 ad8 16.c3 fe8 17. b3 b6     N
  B R
18.h3 e6 19. fd1 c5
(squashing White’s knight out of the game)

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