The two bishop mate is much simpler than mating with knight and bishop, but it still requires a little finesse to do it properly and in as little moves as possible.
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Checkmating with two bishops is fairly simple. But if you know what you’re doing it’s incredibly easy! This lesson should serve as a set of reminders as to which steps you need to take to accomplish checkmate easily and in a low number of moves.
1. Move your king up the board as much as possible. You need to take control of the board with your king first, thus cutting off your opponent’s king, and only then bring in your bishops as reinforcements – when you cannot advance your king any further.
2. You want to force the king to the back rank (any back rank, horizontally or vertically). To do that, you need to use the power of the two bishops who compliment themselves and control both color complexes. Use the bishops to restrain the opponent’s king, forcing him back down the board.
3. Force the king into a corner (any corner). Once the king is on the back rank, you want to use your bishops and your king to force it into a corner for the checkmate.
4. Use a waiting move when your opponent is in the corner. Leave him one empty square to move to to make sure you don’t stalemate! You put him in Zugzwang by making a waiting move and forcing your opponent to move.