The Bishop

Starting Bishop Position

Bishop Starting Position

Each side gets two bishops starting on their first rank (row).

Bishop Movement

Bishop Movement

 The bishop has no restrictions in distance for each move, but is limited to diagonal movement. 

Stays the Same

Same Color Bishop

Each bishop always remains on either the white or black squares, and so it is also common to refer to them as light-squared or dark-squared bishops. 

Fianchetto Bishop

Fianchetto Bishop

This can form a strong defense for the castled  king on g1 and the bishop can often exert strong pressure on the long diagonal.