The power of the bishop pair in chess Part-2


In the previous article, we published the first part of the lesson “The power of the bishop pair in chess”. In that lesson, you would have learnt about how to realise the advantage of the bishop pair, transfer your material advantage into a positional advantage and lots more. If you missed it, you can find it here.

Bishop Pair

Today, IM Boroljub Zlatanovic has prepared the second part of the video lesson for you. This time, it’s with a remarkable game played by Vsevdod Rauzer in the Soviet Union in 1936.


We already know that the bishop pair is a very powerful weapon. In this second part, you will understand the ‘real power’ of the bishop pair – two bishops in the centre of the board, controlling a large number of squares and building the foundation for a huge advantage.


You can watch the video lesson below:

Let’s summarise what you would have learnt from this lesson:


Key points


  • How to obtain a bishop pair (forcing your opponent to exchange his bishop(s))
  • How to avoid the exchange of your bishop for your opponent’s knight?
  • How to use your bishop pair effectively to paralyse your opponent’s pieces?
  • The power of centralized bishops
  • How to block your opponent’s pieces?
  • A pawn storm combined with a bishop pair advantage
  • and lots more


Author information

IM Boroljub Zlatanovic IM Boroljub Zlatanovic


Boroljub Zlatanovic is a Serbian International Master and professional chess trainer. He became a FIDE Master, and in 1995 was Youth Champion of Serbia and a member of the national youth team. He was a two-time champion of the University of Belgrade and won 10 Serbian Open Chess Tournaments.


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