Black’s Bishop Jailed!

The Final Position of a Game between two Chinese Grandmasters

Black's bishop is jailed. How often do you see this? This is the final position of a game between two of the current best players in the world.

Black’s bishop is jailed. How often do you see this? This is the final position of a game between two of the current best players in the world.

Black’s bishop is jailed. It can only move on the dark squares but his own pawns are blocking him. White’s bishop has him in jail. White’s king is now free to attack the pawn guarded by Black’s king.

Black instead of moving, resigned. 1-0.

What a position — look at the black bishop and how it’s jailed. It can’t move. If you’re a chess aficionado, you can’t help but appreciate it.

The game was played a week ago. At a tournament in Hainan — the southernmost piece of land of China. It’s the closest point to us here in the Philippines, by the way.

It was between two of the best players in the world. Both Chinese.

retirednoway, "Ding Liren, Chinese Grandmaster, currently 16th best in the world"

Ding Liren, Chinese Grandmaster, currently 16th best in the world

versus

retirednoway, "Wang Yue, Chinese Grandmaster, 27th best in the world"

Wang Yue, Chinese Grandmaster, 27th best in the world

Opponents are two of the top three players in China and are currently the 16th and 27th best chess players in the world.

retirednoway, "Live Ratings as of July 9, 2015", chess

Live Ratings as of July 9, 2015

Wang, Yue 2716 versus Ding, Liren 2749

Score 1–0

Hainan Danzhou China

06.07.2015

If you want to replay the game, click here.

The game was nicely annotated by Johannes Fischer. Good job!