Chess Lesson # 46: Checkmate With Two (2) Bishops

In this class, you will learn how to checkmate using two bishops and your king (also known as two bishops mate, 2-bishop checkmate) Our method will ensure you easily understand it and also remember it whenever you need it down the road. It is not common to encounter this situation, but you must remember how to execute if you ever come across it. By now, you should know that I like to teach the basic endgames backwards. I am going to teach you the final part first so that when we go over the first steps and get here, this will look like familiar territory. Likewise, at the end, you will see me demonstrate it against a Chess engine. That way you see that what I am teaching you, actually works. And of course, you will learn how you can practice on your own.

00:00 Intro
01:12 How the two bishops checkmate king once in the corner
06:45 How the two bishops and king force opponent’s king into the corner
13:02 Coach demonstrates the 2 bishops mate vs Chess engine

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  1. Hi coach , yesterday I saw this video…now i am in the 15th position on two bishop checkmate….in global daily.

  2. Very good explanation and concepts. I do have a question about how you proceeded at 9:54. You mention moving the bishop that is farthest from the king to a knight's position in regard to the other bishop. Is there a reason you wouldn't move the same bishop to e5 and follow up with Bd5? Is it because you keep your king on one side of the bishops thus preventing the other king from going that way?

  3. Hi, at 8min 52secs, white does a waiting move Kg5. What if black goes Ke7 (instead of Kd6 as in the video)? If white responds with Kf5 (as in the video), black could respond with Kd6 which would block Bd5?

    In short, what should white do if black goes Ke7 instead of Kd6?


  4. Hi coach, can i move the white bishop in g1? Instead of f2?

  5. I wonder why I cannot 2 two bishops and one white king it’s always a black king. With 2 white bishops!

  6. Tbh this check mate is difficult than the others and without this lesson i would've never guessed this trick

  7. omg tysm i literally watched like 5 videos and couldnt get it down until i saw this one

  8. This video is the best and most underrated by far.

  9. Muchas gracias. Es la explicación más simple que he visto para este mate.

  10. At 10:33 after Bc5+, Kf7 ; Bd5+, Kg7, the opponent king comes out of the eyeline of 2 bishops and looks like he can escape…. How do you proceed on this case? I know for a fact that there is still a forced mate but it is difficult to understand, could you please help me understand it?

  11. other chess channels dont explain this good as you or even have an easy step by step way to do it

  12. I actually need to watch this again because this is kind of counfusing for me

  13. Wow, Coach! I had already mastered this checkmate but using your algorithm I was able to cut my time down my more than half and made it onto the daily leaderboard over at that chess site you use for your demonstrations. This method is really the one to use under time pressure.

  14. this is really good!! I'm a diamond member but I don't have those checkmate tabs.

  15. After so many two bishop checkmate videos finaly one that I learned from the most. Thank you!

  16. Thank you for the knowledge mate! Your videos are really awesome 👍🙂 Gonna recommend definitely for anyone in need ✅

  17. I mean this is the most sincere way possible Bro. LOVE YOU….. This combination had me so confused for the longest time. Your steps to follow are PURE GOLD!!!!!! Thank you sooooooo very much Robert. You truly are the man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. This tutorial is by far the best I've found on two-bishops checkmate. Well done, Robert!

  19. Ηi
    A good book for opening repertoire. Black and White
    Please ?

  20. Then you! This is the easiest way I've seen. I love the way toy work backwards. I can do it consistently in uber 20 moves and 3 minutes.. I came here after being in this situation and losing after chasing my tail for,5 minutes😱

  21. Ok, the black king is on C8. my bishops are on C6 and D6. My king is F6. Did I screw up, or can I save it? Thanks!

  22. Again I'm stuck. His king is on e1. My king and bishops are on d3,e3 and f3 respectively. I done see this in the video. Thanks for any help!

  23. Next time i am not gonna promote to a queen or a rook… 😂 its bishop pair mate time

  24. I've watched 2 videos and was not able to learn it. After watching yours, I've learned it so easily. Thanks again for your lessons!!

  25. really amazing lectures and top of that free. thanks coach

  26. Merry christmas, coach. Thanks for yet another excellent lesson: very well explained, easy to understand and follow along.

  27. I agree with Carlos below. This is really well explained – many thanks!

  28. After our move bishop to C5(i.e at this video 10:33) the black king escapes by going to f7. By using the the similar moves king can escape in next moves too. Do you know the solution?

  29. Practice practice practice is required

  30. I actually never thought of delivering checkmate with bishops cuz it was impossible for me 😅🤣…but thanks coach, for this amazing lesson😃

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