The Bishop-pair:
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Chess Strategies Guide (Section 3: Studying the Pieces)

The Bishop-pair
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Point Count Chess, Examples
The Bishop-pair

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram xa to xc - Page 205-206 PCC, The Bishop-pair. Example #1
The Bishop-pair (1 of 3)

(p205-206) Diagram NO.142
Example Sequence
The Bishop-pair
(1 of 3)


This example highlights the disadvantage of having a Bishop & Knight, versus an opponent with both Bishops (the "Bishop-pair").
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 143 - Page 206 PCC, The Bishop-pair. Example #1
The Bishop-pair (2 of 3)

(p206) Diagram NO.143
Tarrasch v. Teichmann, 1905
The Bishop-pair
(2 of 3)


This example highlights the need for the Bishops to have Space and Mobility, in order to be effective.

In No.143, White manages to create the conditions needed for his Bishop-pair to be an effective pairing.
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 144 - Page 207 PCC, The Bishop-pair. Example #1
The Bishop-pair (3 of 3)

(p207) Diagram NO.144
Nimzowitsch v. Levenfish, 1911
The Bishop-pair
(3 of 3)


This example, like No.143, also highlights the need for the Bishops to have Space and Mobility, in order to be effective.

However, in No.144, Black never manages to create the conditions that enable his Bishop-pair to become the potent weapon that they otherwise should be.
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 145 - Page 208 PCC, The Bishop-pair. Example #2
The Ruy Lopez Question (1 of 2)

(p208) Diagram NO.145
Example Sequence
The Ruy Lopez Question (1 of 2)

White has structural superiority and the two Knights.

Black has Doubled Pawns, but the Bishop-pair.

The Question: Which has the better game?

This article just raises the question. The next part
(2 of 2, below), looks at an example game, where the Bishop-pair prove superior.
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 146A to 146C - Page 208-209 PCC, The Bishop-pair. Example #2
The Ruy Lopez Question (2 of 2)

(p208-209) Diagram NO.146A to NO.146C
Taubenhaus v. Tarrasch, 1903
The Ruy Lopez Question (2 of 2)

This example helps to answer the Ruy Lopez Question.

It seems the Bishop-pair can triumph by taking-out one of White's two Knights, reducing White to Bishop & Knight versus Black's two Bishops.

In addition, Black's Doubled Pawns can be turned into an asset, used to restrict White's space and mobility, on White's Queenside.
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 147 - Page 210 PCC, The Bishop-pair. Example #3
The Bishop-Pair in the Queen's Gambit

(p210) Diagram NO.147
Example Sequence
The Bishop-Pair in the Queen's Gambit

This is almost a Reverse Ruy Lopez Question. But, instead of Black gaining the Bishop-pair and the Doubled Pawn structure, it's White who gets them.

However, the additional structural weakness, for White, is he also gains an Isolated Pawn (a3).

Further Reading

Point Count Chess (Horowitz & Mott-Smith, 1960)
  • Minor Pieces, (p199)
  • The Bishop-Pair, (p205)
  • The Ruy Lopez Question, (p208)
  • Minor Pieces SUMMARY, (p212)


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