GM Swapnil Dhopade & FM Ankit Gajwa

GM Swapnil Dhopade & FM Ankit Gajwa

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Improving Pattern Recognition Through Classics!

Part 3

Mighty bishop pair against the king

Hello dear readers,

In this article, we will have a look at another famous pattern that’s usually encountered in praxis – The bishop pair aiming at the enemy king without any obstruction. This means that the enemy king feels very unsafe which gives rise to a highly tactical battle. One of the most famous games with this pattern is Rubinstein’s immortal: Rotlewi – Rubinstein. 

Example 1

  • White somehow tries to neutralize the effect of the mighty b7 bishop by exchanging it. But now, the tactical fireworks start.
  • The reason behind White’s downfall is that he has given black a lot of extra time, which is usually decisive in positions of an open or symmetrical nature.
  • Black has used this time to mobilize his pieces and is now ready to launch a decisive onslaught against the enemy king.
  • The next part of the game is very instructive.
  • It not only shows the tactical potential such mighty bishops offer, but also very well displays the brilliance of Rubinstein.

Example 2

  • Such dangerous bishops and 2 extra tempi proved enough for Black to win the game in a brilliant fashion.
  • Another famous game that features the same mighty bishops was played just a few months before Rubinstein’s immortal.
  • This time it was Frank James Marshall, who unleashed the power of these bishops.

Example 3

  • Another famous game, which is now known as the modern day Rotlewi – Rubinstein, was played by the Indian hero Vishwanathan Anand, who defeated Levon Aronian in a brilliant fashion. This game is perhaps one of the most brilliant games of Chess one might come across.

Example 4

  • I hope the aforementioned games have helped the readers understand the power of a bishop pair aiming against the enemy king.
  • Such bishops are usually a signal of danger for the enemy king, and therefore, it’s a good thing to aim for whenever we think about developing our bishops.

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