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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86 Comments

  1. W. O. W. Simplest method for two-bishop checkmate EVER!And it’s FAST.

  2. Coach you are moulding us to become a perfect playerLots of love😊😊❤

  3. I got that mate against Stockfish level max so easily and quickly after watching your video. This one is much easier than the bishop and knight checkmate (especially the first part which is to lead their king from the center to the edge). I just hope one day I get to be in such an endgame to show off my new skill lol

  4. Where can I practice with exact combination like this one ?

  5. What if at 9:47 the king was on f7, he can escape to g7 when the bishop moves

  6. The checkmate was pretty hard at the beginning but after practicing for 30 minutes it became a piece of cake! Thanks for the amazing video 🙂

  7. Great lesson! It feels good to be able to do the pattern quickly now. 💪

  8. That was very helpful, again. I am told that you should not check with the bishops until the last moves but I learned that is not the case. We can restrict the king with checks too and I think it is easy to remember. Thank you coach!

  9. You make it look easy (and maybe it is). The computer refuses to do the same moves as you are showing (ha, ha) and I keep letting the king escape. I'll keep working on it.

  10. Thanks for the video! I've been putting this mating pattern off for a while since I figured that it doesn't come up that often in games and also it looked kinda difficult. I've practiced a bit against stockfish and I feel like I'm finally getting the hang of it 🙂

  11. Wow I watched some videos on the theme but, this one is by far the best. i finally understood all the concepts and positions behind this checkmate, thanks for the great content.

  12. Best explanation I've ever seen for this checkmate!

  13. From thinking i am a complete noob in this endgame to easily performing mate,you helped me a lot.❤️

  14. Sir this is the best video by far. Can’t wait to try it on my chess engine. Thx a lot for sharing these information👍👍

  15. I have seen plenty of video on YouTube but I can't remember it , you are the only one who have teach me the final part then initial part. Love your techniques ,
    One more request, please make a chess opening series and creat a playlist of that , please, please

  16. I've never encountered a situation like this, but now i know what to do just in case 🙂 Thank you for the great explanation!

  17. I have a question:
    What should we do if at 10:36 of the video, black moves kf3?

  18. you explain it really well, this checkmate was always difficult for me, it's hard to take care of the diagonals, we usually think about rows and columns, but diagonals are very powerful.

  19. I was struggling with that checkmate and FINALLY, thanks to your video, I was able to do it consistently, on all 4 sides of the board ! Only trick to avoid, sometimes I allowed a draw by repetition, but I guess it's because I didn't play the perfect moves each time. Working on it ! THANK YOU ! o/

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