Bad King’s Indian Bishop


Any veteran King’s Indian Defense chess player will tell you they would prefer to knock out White in the middle game because the g7 fianchettoed Bishop is very dysfunctional in the ending of the chess game.

The chess position you see in the picture happened in a rapid game played at the ICC. White survived the middle game and the Knight at c4 is clearly superior to the Black g7 Laufer. White’s d pawn is already passed and all endings will favor the first player. If Black’s weak b6 pawn, being attacked by the c4 Steed , ever falls White will have two protected passed pawns.

Generally speaking, chess positions with fixed,blocked pawn structures favor horses over Bishops. This is because Knights can hop over immobilized pawns,but these same pawns block the pathways of prelates.

Helpless King's Indian Bishop