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Middlegame Secrets Vol.3 - The Career Paths of Bishops

For a chess player, chess pieces are like specific tools in a toolbox. We need to know how best to use them, just as a craftsman knows his tools. We shouldn’t use a screwdriver to hammer in a nail; and we shouldn’t close the position when we have the bishop pair.

Reading sample for free: The Bishop Pair

In this video course we will explore in depth some familiar concepts regarding the bishops. For example, everyone knows that a bishop-pair should grant him a positional edge. However, almost no-one knows how to make use of this strategical asset. Also, you probably know the concept of a “good” and “bad” bishop. But in some positions this concept is crucial, in others totally irrelevant. Can you discern them? Also, we will explore qualities of bishops that you have probably never heard of. We will focus on the diagonals the bishops are operating on, on maneuvers of bishops from one flank to another, and of course on the opposite-coloured bishops.

  • Video running time: 4 h 44 minutes
  • Extra: Training with ChessBase apps – Play-positions against Fritz on various levels

This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows and Mac
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.
  • New: many Fritztrainer now also available as stream in the ChessBase video portal!

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Extrait vidéo


  • Introduction
  • The Bishop Pair
  • The Bishop Pair 1: Englisch vs Steinitz, London 1883
  • The Bishop Pair 2: Markos vs Macak, Slovak Ch 2012
  • The Bishop Pair 3: Kramnik vs Tiviakov, Wijk aan Zee 2001
  • The Bishop Pair 4: Markos vs Straka, Slovak Ch 2016
  • Disadvantage of a Bishop Pair
  • Disadvantage of the Bishop Pair 1: Spassky vs Fischer, Reykjavik 1972
  • Disadvantage of the Bishop Pair 2: Dao vs Adams, FIDE Wch 2000
  • Disadvantage of the Bishop Pair 3: Khalifman vs Kramnik, Linares 2000
  • Same Coloured Bishops
  • Good Bishop, Bad Bishop 1: Kramnik vs Leko, Budapest 2001
  • Good Bishop, Bad Bishop 2: Markos vs Rausis, European Cup 2008
  • Good Bishop, Bad Bishop 3: Kasparov vs Bacrot, Sarajevo 2000
  • Opposite Coloured Bishops
  • Opposite Coloured Bishops 1: Topalov vs Leko, Dortmund 2005
  • Opposite Coloured Bishops 2: Polgar vs Anand, Mainz 2003
  • Opposite Coloured Bishops 3: Carlsen vs Caruana, Zuerich 2014
  • Opposite Coloured Bishops 4: Carlsen vs Anand, Wch 2013
  • Opposite Coloured Bishops 5: Karpov vs Khalifman, Linares 1995
  • Bishops are like Billiard Balls
  • Bishops are like Billiard Balls 1: Carlsen vs Bacrot, Nanjing 2010
  • Bishops are like Billiard Balls 2: Fernandes vs Markos, Heraklion 2017
  • Bishops are like Billiard Balls 3: Mista vs Markos, Bundesliga 2011
  • Bishops are like Billiard Balls 4: Grigorian vs Agzamov, Cheliabinsk 1981
  • Bishops are like Billiard Balls 5: Byrne vs Garcia Padron, Torremolinos 1977
  • Bishop dominating the Knight
  • Bishop dominating the Knight 1: Reshevsky vs Smyslov, Belgrade 1970
  • Bishop dominating the Knight 2: Sznapik vs Bukal, Zagreb 1979
  • Bishop dominating the Knight 3: Wiley vs Sclacmender, Brussels 2023
  • Conclusion
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