Thursday, May 6, 2010

Still thinking about Tuesday's game

....and endings with bishops of opposite color.

In his Internet Chess Club commentary, GM Har-Zvi mentioned the famous Flohr-Bothvinnik game from the 1955 Soviet Championship as a wonderful example of the principles behind opposite-color bishop endings.  It's not so important who has more pawns; it's more important to have more than one threat, ideally on opposite sides of the board.

Flohr-Botvinnik, USSR (ch), 1955
Black to play and win

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