Not Always A Win With An Extra Bishop

It is well known that a game can be saved if you leave your opponent with only a Bishop and a rook’s pawn of the wrong colour. If you can do that, you can save the game by getting your King to the corner, so that your opponent can not promote the pawn, and will stalemate you if he attempts to do so.

Did you know that you can also save the game if your opponent only has a Bishop and a Knight’s pawn of the same colour?

In this week’s problem, Black has to save the game. How does he do that?

In last Monday’s problem, Black mates in 4 with 1… Qxe1+ 2. Kf3 Rd3+ 3. Be3 Rxe3+ 4. fxe3 Qf1 mate. I missed that.

Steven Carr

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About Steven Carr

I am 57 years old, and I am trying to improve my standard of play. From 1998 to 2012, I had a break from chess, playing very few games in that period. I now play more competitive chess and I currently have a English grading of 184. I hope to get a grading of over 200 one day. I normally play in the Merseyside League and play Board 1 for Wallasey.