The Two Bishops

The solution to last Monday’s problem is that Black must play 1.. Rd8.

If he plays 1… Rxd5, White has 2. Qb8+ Kg7 3. Rxh7+! Kxh7 4. Rh4+ Kg7 5. Qh8 mate. You should always check why an opponent has left a pawn to be taken.

This week’s problem is about the value of the two Bishops. White has the two bishops, but how can he activate his passive bishop on f1?

Steven Carr


Author: 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.