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The bishop (Originally 角行 in Shogi) is a piece that looks somewhat like a pawn, but is taller. Bishops are placed on the space between the knight and king or queen. Each player starts out with two, one on the dark squares, and one on the light squares. They move diagonally along their own-colored squares. Bishops are worth 3 points each and are represented by a capital B in algebraic notation. In Shogi, bishop can be promoted into a horse (Originally 龍馬). In which combine the move of an bishop and a king horizonally and vertically

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7 a7 b7 xd c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 xd 7
6 a6 b6 c6 xd d6 e6 f6 g6 xd h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 xd e5 f5 xd g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 bl f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 xd e3 f3 xd g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 xd d2 e2 f2 g2 xd h2 2
1 a1 b1 xd c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 xd 1
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Range of a bishop
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7 a7 b7 xd c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 xd 7
6 a6 b6 c6 xd d6 e6 f6 g6 xd h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 xd e5 xd f5 xd g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 xd e4 ed f4 xd g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 xd e3 xd f3 xd g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 xd d2 e2 f2 g2 xd h2 2
1 a1 b1 xd c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 xd 1
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Range of a horse in Shogi

From left to right: King, Queen, Bishop, Knight, Rook, Pawn

Strategy[]

Bishops are extremely useful if played early on in the game. The fact that they move diagonally means that they are often overlooked compared to the more dramatic rook. Since each player's bishops move on separate- colored squares, losing one bishop can leave a player at a disadvantage with squares that cannot be used by the other. If you lose a bishop, you should move your other pieces off the squares your remaining bishop can go to. Bishops are generally considered to be slightly more useful than knights, particularly during the endgame, despite the fact that both pieces have the same point value. This is because the endgame has more open space for bishops to traverse.

Remember to not put your bishops to close to enemy pawns. It can easily get trapped or forced to move because of its single color.

Value[]

A bishop is worth 3 points


Other information[]

The most possible moves a bishop can have at once is thirteen.

Video[]

Chess_Basics-_Bishop_Overview

Chess Basics- Bishop Overview


Chess pieces
Bishop · King · Knight · Queen · Rook · Pawn
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