Chess Bishop Variations

Look, when I talk about less rated players, they get very uncomfortable seeing their opponents’ pieces getting close to them, especially if it’s a knight targeting their king’s side. So they try to kick off this knight immediately and hence, they play the move pawn to h6. Anyone who hasn’t seen this trap before has very high chances of falling for it. So from here, we will play knight to f7 forking the queen and rook. The king is forced to capture. Then we will play bishop to g6 check and the queen is gone. So that was the first variation which I had also shown in my earlier video. Now let me just go back and show you what happens if black plays bishop to f5. From here, you can attack this pawn with your other knight. Again, he tries to defend this pawn so he plays, knight to f6. You will now attack the pawn for the third time by playing queen to e2. This will force black to play queen to d4 to support the pawn. If he plays this, then he is gone. Let me show you how. First, you will play queen b5 check attacking the king, the bishop and this pawn on b7. Black’s response is pretty much forced. He will have to play bishop to d7.

Now you can capture this b7 pawn. From here, I can guarantee you most of your opponents will play bishop to c6, assuming they are not only saving the rook but also attacking the queen. But to their surprise, you will play this beautiful move bishop to b5. Again, black is now forced to play queen to d7. The thinking behind this is to trade off queens and minimise the damage somehow. But your opponent will be shocked to see your next move, that is, bishop takes bishop. The most obvious response would be queen takes bishop which looks to be quite a good move. But if you look at it carefully, you have a stunning move. Can you spot it? Yes, it is queen to c8. That’s checkmate & it’s game over. Now let me just go back & show you the third variation. What happens if black plays queen to d5. He is not only protecting the pawn but also attacking this knight. You should now play pawn to d3, Protecting the Knight with your bishop. Now if your opponent plays knight f6 or bishop f5, then you can simply play knight c3 attacking the queen. And after the queen moves, you can easily regain the pawn and as you see, you are also ahead in development. So Let’s go back again. So that’s why if black wants to retain any advantage, then he has to capture this pawn. Now once again, we are going to capture with the bishop. Which looks very odd because you are giving away your g2 pawn. So the most natural move from black would be taking the pawn on g2.

Your opponent won’t realize but he is actually falling for another trap. Because after this, you will play bishop to e4. The queen is trapped & has nowhere to go. The only safe square left is G4. But after queen captures queen and Bishop captures queen, you can play bishop to g7 and the Black rook is gone. Okay, Now let’s go back and see another move to support the pawn and that is, pawn to f5. I would say this is the worst possible move and you can take advantage of it by simply playing bishop to c4 and attacking the weakest square of f7. Here, black is left with no option so he will have to play knight h6 to support this square. After this, I would play pawn to d3. If black wants to keep the material advantage, then he will have to capture the pawn. I would not be too concerned about this pawn so I will simply castle and get my rook involved. If black captures again, you can take with your queen. What you are looking to do is to clear up the board and get more of your pieces involved in the game. You have your queen attacking this pawn. You have your bishop and knight eyeing down the f7 square. You can get your rook to attack along these open lines. Whereas, if you see Black’s position, all his pieces are blocked & doing absolutely nothing. So all in all, you have a lot of attacking options & its a very good position for white. Let me know in the comments if you have been successful in playing the Tennison gambit. Hit the thumbs up if you liked this video. Don’t forget to Subscribe for more such chess videos. For some interesting chess tips, tricks and puzzles, you can like my Facebook page. Links are in the description box below. Thanks for watching and I shall see you in my next video.