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The canonical chessmen date back to the Staunton chess set of 1849.

The bishops may be differentiated according to which wing they begin on, i.e. As a consequence of its 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.

In an open endgame, a pair of bishops is decidedly superior to either a bishop and a knight, or two knights.

A player possessing a pair of bishops has a strategic weapon in the form of a long-term threat to trade down to an advantageous endgame. king can force checkmate, whereas two knights cannot.

In The Saga of Earl Mágus, which was written in Iceland somewhere between 1300–1325, it is described how an emperor was checkmated by a bishop.

This has led to some speculations as to the origin of the English use of the term "bishop".

The bishops may be differentiated according to which wing they begin on, i.e. As a consequence of its 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.

In an open endgame, a pair of bishops is decidedly superior to either a bishop and a knight, or two knights.

A player possessing a pair of bishops has a strategic weapon in the form of a long-term threat to trade down to an advantageous endgame. king can force checkmate, whereas two knights cannot.

In The Saga of Earl Mágus, which was written in Iceland somewhere between 1300–1325, it is described how an emperor was checkmated by a bishop.

This has led to some speculations as to the origin of the English use of the term "bishop".

The bishop has access to only half of the squares on the board, whereas all squares of the board are accessible to the rook.