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  • How The Pieces Move         Pawns     Knights     Rooks     Archbishops     Chancellors     Queens     Kings

    Bishops move diagonally. They can move as many spaces along a diagonal that are not blocked by friendly pieces.
    Bishops capture enemy pieces by occupying the square on which they reside, provided that they are in the Bishop's range.
    Each player has one Bishop on the white squares, and one Bishop on the dark squares.
    Since Bishops can never "change the color" of the square they operate on, a player will be surrendering some "control" of those colored squares once the Bishop is traded.
    The Bishop "Flank Check"         Pawns     Knights     Rooks     Archbishops     Chancellors     Queens     Kings

    The first "Bishop Sting" a new player usually experiences in Gothic Chess is when an experienced player takes advantage of the Pawn-Pushing newbie.
    It is not uncommon in "regular chess" to advance the two Pawns shown above onto their corresponding squares on an 8x8 chessboard.
    Maybe the experienced player is playing a few games against a new Gothic Chess player, and he noticed the newbie doing this "all the time" with the white pieces.
    So, black plays his Pawn to b6 on his first move, and waits. If white plays as shown above, the black Bishop issues a Flank Check.
    You can see this check can only be blocked by white's Queen, Chancellor, or Archbishop. Black will gain a considerable advantage by capturing one of them with his Bishop next.
    If white really wants to begin this way, he must at least play his Knight on b1 to the c3 square first. That way, the c3 Knight can block the check by moving to e2.
    The Bishop "Interior Strike"         Pawns     Knights     Rooks     Archbishops     Chancellors     Queens     Kings

    Each side must be vigilent in Gothic Chess, because the minor pieces offer strongert support of one another on the 10x8 board.
    As shown above, after just three moves, the white Bishop, protected by the white Knight, is attacking the black Queen.
    Furthermore, the black Queen is helpless! Only the black Chancellor and Archbishop can intervene and sacrifice themselves to save the Queen.
    White has a huge advantage once either black piece steps in front of the Bishop's diagonal strike.
    A Quick 8x8 Chess Comparison         Pawns     Knights     Rooks     Archbishops     Chancellors     Queens     Kings

    The example shown above is one of the few "regular chess" examples that are on this site.
    The diagram on the left shows the Ruy Lopez opening after white's Bishop lunge.
    The diagram on the right shows the Nimzo-Indian opening after black's Bishop pins the white Knight on c3.
    You can see in both cases, the Bishops on the 8x8 board strike from the "outside."
    One the wider 10x8 board, the Knights support the Bishops better, and their "interior strikes" are therefore more potent.
    The Bishop Skewer         Pawns     Knights     Rooks     Archbishops     Chancellors     Queens     Kings

    Another motiff available to the Bishop is called skewering the opponent.
    As shown above, the Bishop is attacking the white Chancellor, but if the Chanceller moves, then the white Queen will be hit by its diagonal attack.
    Lining up two pieces in this fashion is a skewer and results in a big advantage for the side whose Bishop is making this attack.
    Make sure that if there is any skewering going on, you're the one doing it!
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