Endgame Magic #204 with Arne Kähler: Opposite-coloured bishops

by Karsten Müller
7/25/2022 – Arne and Karsten look at opposite-coloured bishops endgames, one of the most intriguing setups in the final stage of the game. When more pieces are left over the board, the attacker tends to have an edge. | You can watch the Endgame Magic Show on-demand with a ChessBase Premium account.

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Endgame Magic #204

Pure opposite-coloured bishops endings have a very large drawish tendency, but with more pieces on the board, the attacker has an edge thanks to the initiative on their colour complex. Arne and Karsten look st several such examples.

The last one is from Frederik Svane, the younger brother of GM Rasmus Svane, who scored two GM norms within 24 hours, one at the HSK Invitational and one at the Bundesliga.

This is from the Bundesliga. White to move and win. How did he break open Black’s defences?

 

 

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