Each side gets two bishops starting on their first rank (row).
The bishop has no restrictions in distance for each move, but is limited to diagonal movement.
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.
This can form a strong defense for the castled king on g1 and the bishop can often exert strong pressure on the long diagonal.
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