Welcome back. Perhaps you'd like to tell me what you'd like me to call you this lesson.

Have you played and understood all the ROOK games, kiddo?

Yes, I understand all the ROOK games

I don't understand all the ROOK COMBAT games

I keep on losing the CAPTURE THE FLAG rook games

I'm no good at the TARGET PRACTICE quizzes
In that case you're ready to learn about a different piece in your army.

In this lesson we're going to look at the BISHOP.

The BISHOP is the elephant in your army. You might think elephants are rather slow but this elephant is pretty fast. Just as fast the the ROOK, but in a different way.

This is what a BISHOP does.

It moves DIAGONALLY as far as it likes.North East and North West, South East and South West.

These are the squares it can move to on an empty board. Count them: there are 13.

A BISHOP can only move to 13 squares from the middle of the board. Put it in the corner and it can only move to 7 squares!

You'll see that all the squares the BISHOP can move to are WHITE. A BISHOP that starts on a WHITE SQUARE stays on a WHITE SQUARE all its life. And a BISHOP that starts on a BLACK SQUARE stays on a BLACK SQUARE all its life as well.

Like the ROOK but unlike the PAWN, the BISHOP captures in the same way as it moves.

In this position the BISHOP can CAPTURE the Black pawn on c6.

The BISHOP cannot jump over other pieces. In this position the White pawn on f3 stops the BISHOP moving to g2 or h1 and the White pawn on c2 stops the BISHOP moving to b1.

Note also that if the BISHOP moved to d5 it would be CAPTURED by the Black pawn on c6, so this move would not be safe.

Easy, isn't it?

That's all there is to it.

All you have to do now is a REALLY HARD EXAM and then you'll be able to take part in some BISHOP BATTLES.

That's the end of the lesson, kiddo.

It's not always easy to move pieces along diagonals. We need to make sure you're really good at it.

That's why you have to do another REALLY HARD EXAM.

Awesome! Can I do it twice?

Can I repeat the lesson first?

I'll do it later - I have to go now

No - I'll start crying if I get a question wrong.