What is a Fianchettoed Bishop?
A fianchettoed bishop is the one that is developed to the second rank of the adjacent knight file, after the knight pawn has been moved from its initial square. Therefore, the fianchetto squares are: b2, g2, g7 and b7. This type of development is very common nowadays and it happens in quite a few chess openings.
Pros and Cons of Fianchettoed Bishop
One of the main advantages of having a fianchettoed bishop is that the bishop is often more active, controlling a long diagonal. The pawn structure formed by developing a fianchettoed bishop also stands as a very good protection for the castled king.
Nevertheless, there are few critical points to remember as well – an exchange of the fianchettoed bishop is usually not encouraged as it leads to the creation of weak squares, the squares it was controlling, forming as a hole.
How to Attack a Fianchettoed Bishop?
It could also become a target of attack when the opponent forms a queen-bishop battery, aiming at the squares of the fianchettoed bishop. Another way to attack a fianchettoed bishop is by pushing the rook pawn and targeting the pawn in front of the fianchettoed bishop. The dragon variation of the Sicilian Defense is a well-known example for this setup.
Today I’d like to share with you a video I’ve published more than 6 years ago, on this topic. In this video, I have explained how to attack a fianchettoed bishop and defend with it. You can watch the video lesson below:
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