For a change, talking straight with us, we have the chance to interview the bishop!
In these series of exclusive interviews, we want to get to know the real story behind each of the players, their likes and dislikes, their fears and their drive.
Interview between The Quiet Move and The Bishop
Getting to know you... TQM
Hello, Your Lordship!
Often people think you can't be straight and have one point of view. Where do they get that from?
I am not a straight-talker, you're right! Often, I am prone to keep to my preferred colour square. I move diagonally and can move in any diagonal direction, provided there is nothing in my way. The drawback is that does limit me to one colour of square!
Even though I am stuck on either black or white squares, I do have a partner in crime; my twin brother. Together, we are a nuisance and get everywhere!
Are you a piece that likes home comforts or do you like to get "out and about"?
Open spaces - I absolutely love them! I am at my most comfortable and most powerful whenever I can roam freely.
I do have a partner in crime; my twin brother. Together, we are a nuisance and get everywhere!
On stage persona - likes and dislikes
Readers are often curious about the likes and dislikes of the players. Maybe you can first tell us what your likes are?
As I said, I love open spaces and particularly working in partnership with my twin brother, the knights, the queen, the rooks I get on well with too. Basically whenever the pesky pawns don't get in my way!
In positions where there's action going on all over the place, I am generally pretty happy.
The pawns came up there...what are your dislikes?
I get labelled sometimes with being "bad" or "inactive". It's a shame when that happens!TQM
What do you mean by bad...what have you been up to?The Bishop
Well, I am good whenever my central pawns aren't on my colour, I am free to move about all over the board then. When they are on my colour, I am really limited so they call me bad!TQM
What do you mean by inactive...are you just lazy?The Bishop
That's an interesting take on it!
Inactive just means that I am not doing too much. I can be good and inactive and equally bad and active! This is just where I am not able to get outside my own pawn chain, whereas active play can happen, even when my own pawns cover "my" central squares!
You've been involved in so many games, do you have a favourite?
I've been strongly involved in many games. The one in 1983 where Karpov gave up an exchange to make perfect use of me has to be a favourite!
You are an active piece but do you ever get bored?
I wouldn't say I got bored. Every chess game can be exciting. Sometimes it takes me a long time to really make my presence felt. In some games though, when I do come into the action, I am unstoppable!