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Rules of Chess
General Rules
Chess Setup
Pawn Rules
Rook Movement
Knight Movement
Bishop Movement
Queen Movement
King Movement
Castling in Chess
Pawn en Passant
End Game in Chess

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Bishop's Movement

Bishop Move
Bishop's Movement Diagram

The bishop may move any number of squares in a diagonal direction until it is prevented from continuing by another piece. It may then capture the opposing piece by landing on the square. It may not jump over pieces as can the knight.

Each player begins the game with two bishops, one originally situated on a light square, the other on a dark square. Because of the nature of their movement, the bishops always remain on the same colored squares. This can sometimes create difficulties for bishops later in the game and is why they work better in pairs. Together they can cover a large area and severely limit the opponent's pawn movement. Losing one bishop generally lowers the value of the other bishop.

The bishop is a powerful piece (though less so than the queen or rook). It is roughly equal in power to a knight or three pawns. Nevertheless, the bishop is a great piece to have in on long diagonals.

Strategy Note: Try moving forward the pawn in front of the knight and then situating the bishop in its spot. This is a powerful position for the bishop.

Watch a sample game illustrating the power of the bishop pair.

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