Interview with – The Bishop!

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

A lone 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?

The Bishop

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!

TQM

Are you a piece that likes home comforts or do you like to get "out and about"?

The Bishop

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!

Another set of players who like things black and white

On stage persona - likes and dislikes

TQM

Readers are often curious about the likes and dislikes of the players. Maybe you can first tell us what your likes are?

The Bishop

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.

TQM

The pawns came up there...what are your dislikes?

The Bishop

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!

Favourite Moments

TQM

You've been involved in so many games, do you have a favourite?

The Bishop

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!

[Event "Linares 1983"] [White "Karpov, Anatoly"] [Black "Sax, Gyula"] [Site "Linares"] [Result "1-0"] [Date "1983"] [WhiteElo ""] [BlackElo ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. g4 h6 7. Rg1 Be7 8. Be3 Nc6 9. Qe2 Bd7 10. h4 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 e5 12. Be3 Bc6 13. Qd3 Qa5 14. O-O-O Nxe4 15. Nxe4 d5 16. Qb3 dxe4 17. Bc4 {my first move of the game...but not my last!} Rf8 18. Rd5 Bxd5 19. Bxd5 Rd8 20. Bc4 Bb4 21. c3 b5 22. Be2 Bd6 23. Qd5 Ke7 24. Bc5 Bxc5 25. Qxe5+ Kd7 26. Qxc5 Qc7 27. Qf5+ Ke7 28. Qxe4+ Kd7 29. Qf5+ Ke7 30. Re1 Rd6 31. Bc4+ Kd8 32. Bxb5 a6 33. Ba4 g6 34. Qf3 Kc8 35. Re7 Rd1+ 36. Kxd1 Qxe7 37. Qa8+ Kc7 38. Qa7+ Kd6 39. Qb6+ {white used me so much from my humble start on f1 and I was deadly!}

Quiet Moments

TQM

You are an active piece but do you ever get bored?

The Bishop

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!

[Event "US 1963"] [White "Byrne, Robert"] [Black "Fischer, Robert J"] [Site "US"] [Result "0-1"] [Date "1963"] [WhiteElo ""] [BlackElo ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 c6 4. Bg2 d5 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. e3 O-O 8. Nge2 Nc6 9. O-O b6 10. b3 Ba6 11. Ba3 Re8 12. Qd2 e5 13. dxe5 Nxe5 {What a lot of wonderful open spaces!} 14. Rfd1 Nd3 15. Qc2 Nxf2 16. Kxf2 Ng4+ 17. Kg1 Nxe3 18. Qd2 Nxg2 {Black got rid of white's bishop! A lot of people thought the rook would go!} 19. Kxg2 d4 20. Nxd4 Bb7+ {just look how much control we have!} 21. Kf1 Qd7 {Famously, Byrne resigned here, depriving Fischer of the opportunity to play the brilliant line:} (21...Qd7 22. Kg1 Qh3 23. Qf2 Re1! 24. Re1 Bd4 {and black wins the house!})
The Bishop, thank you for your time!