16 ( +1 | -1 ) king/rook vs. king/bishopin a game where you've got a king and bishop left vs. a king and bishop is possible realistically to win, or should you just call it a draw? if it's possible, any tactical advice?
19 ( +1 | -1 ) Well..it should be impossible, however there are some situations you have to watch out for playing the Bishop side. I see you're still playing that game so maybe we should not be giving you advice... ;-)
102 ( +1 | -1 ) Game has finished...... A draw, as one would expect. It is not impossible for K+R to beat K+B - it depends on the relative positions of the pieces - but generally speaking, the bishop can hold out. Here's an exception:
Black wins quickly with 1...Rg2 2.Be3 Re2 3.Bg5 (say) Re1ch 4.Bc1 Rh1 5.Ka1 Rxc1mate. Another:
1...Rg2 2.Kb1 Kb3 3.Bd4 Rd2 4.Be3 Rd1ch 5.Bc1 Re1 6.Ka1 Rxc1#. In both cases, the bishop's mobility has been seriouly restricted. In the game, White didn't have that problem. Final position Black could have tried 1...Rg3 2.Be5 (say) Rg2ch 3.Kc1 Kd3 but even though White's K has been driven to the edge, the B prevents the BK occupying useful 3rd rank squares (like c3). Before leaving: K+R vs K+N is also usually a draw, but in my view the stronger player ought to "go for it" since it is harder for the defence. I won a pickup game a year or so ago with this ending, when for some intuitive reason the best plan seemed to be to go after the knight. It worked surprisingly easily...) cheers, Ion