Knight vs bishop Chess
and the bishop are pieces of roughly equal value, or so it
is thought. The knight can hop around the board, taking a
sort of aerial route. On the other hand, the bishop has a
long range striking power, but its limitation lies in its
inability to control both black and white squares. The knight
is usually the favourite piece of the beginners greatly charmed
by its rather unusual movement, while the bishop is a potent
weapon in the hands of players who love open positions and
a lot of space to manoeuvre.
are a reasonably serious chess player, you might have already
discovered that having a bishop pair against two knights or
a knight and a bishop can be an advantage, particularly in
an open position. The two bishops can overcome their failure
to control squares of both colours individually and can be
very effective in the ending with a few pawns scattered all
over the board. Masters have won thousands of games exploiting
the power of double bishops.
will depend on the topographical features of the battlefield.
The short-legged knight can be menacing in closed positions
where diagonals are closed and few open files are available.
The power of the knight will increase greatly when it occupies
an outpost in the centre or deep in the enemy territory. An
outpost is usually a square which cannot be attacked with
pawns. So, the knight can comfortably settle down on such
a square and attack the enemy pawns or pieces. Unlike the
knight, the bishop needs open space, diagonals to be precise,
to use its firepower. Its long range is also effective when
there is play on both sides of the board. The bishop is at
its worst when hemmed in by pawns. So, avoid retaining the
bishop of the colour that most of your pawns are on. The bishop
might begin to look like another big pawn!
is also capable of uncorking nasty surprises . Look how the
move 25.Be8 (attacking the f pawn) completely destroys the
harmony among the black pieces in the game below.
Black- Efim Bogoljubow [D94]
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.Be2 0–0
7.0–0 Nbd7 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Nxd5 cxd5 10.Qb3 Nf6 11.Bd2
Ne4 12.Rfd1 Nxd2 13.Rxd2 Qd6 14.Rc1 b6 15.Rdc2 Bb7 16.Qa4
a6 17.Rc7 b5 18.Qa5 Rab8 19.R1c5 Rfd8 20.Ne5 Bf6 21.Nc6 e6
22.g3 Rdc8 23.Nxb8 Rxb8 24.Bxb5 Bd8 25.Be8 Qf8 26.Rxb7 Bxa5
27.Rxb8 Qd6 28.Rb7 Bb6 29.Rc6 Qb4 30.Bxf7+ 1–0
Position after 26.Rxb7
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