In a previous post we saw how manoeuvrable are Knights. Time to turn our attention to Bishops. Following game is a blast from the past – Schulder vs Boden, London 1860.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 (not very popular today Philidor defence, solid but White has the initiative and if play actively for Black is very difficult to equalise) 3.c3?! That’s too passive. White should go for 3.d4 and occupy the centre. 3… f5! Black immediately take the initiative and fight for the centre. 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.d4 (a bit late) 5… fxe4 6.dxe5 exf3 7.exf6 Qxf6 8.gxf3 Nc6
Black has only one problem – Bishop of f8. In a few moves we’ll see how Boden solves this problem elegantly and efficiently. 9.f4 Bd7 10.Be3 O-O-O 11. Nd2 (pawn on c3 is preventing this Knight to get on far better place on c3 so it will require few moves before it finds good square to go. This gives Black time to reorganise his forces) 11…Re8 12.Qf3 Bf5 (things are staged and Black’s army waits to deliver final blow)
13. O-O-O? That’s a mistake! White simply go for trouble. 13…d5! 14. Bxd5?? Black already has massive advantage and this blunder just speeds up the end. Next few moves and final position went into history as Boden’s mate. 14…Qxc3+!! 15.bxc3 Ba3++
What a beauty!