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Veselin Topalov vs Garry Kasparov
Hoogovens Blitz (1999) (blitz), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-18
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  0-1

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Dec-30-07  fromoort: In a pure opposite-colored bishop endgame, normally one's pawns should be on squares of the same color as one's bishop; here, Garry does the opposite, and wins.
Dec-30-07  notyetagm: <fromoort: In a pure opposite-colored bishop endgame, normally one's pawns should be on squares of the same color as one's bishop; here, Garry does the opposite, and wins.>

That rule applies -only- to the defender.

And since Kasparov (Black) has two extra pawns, that makes Topalov (White) the defender. So White should place -his- pawns on the light-squares, the same as his bishop, in order to defend them and contruct a <BLOCKADE> on the light squares. Topalov failed to do this and quickly lost.

Apr-13-10  James Bowman: Nice opposite bishop end game study.
Apr-13-10  James Bowman: After a second look its drawn Topolov must have lost on time?
Feb-18-13
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  FSR: <James Bowman: After a second look its drawn Topolov must have lost on time?>

It's not drawn. Black will force the bishop to sac itself to stop one of the pawns, and then win with the other against Black's bare king. Note that the rook pawn is of the "right" color, so that's not a problem for Black.

May-06-14  Chris321: huh?...ive seen games where the discussion just works the other way around ie Dont put your pawns on the same colour as your Bishop because that reduces the scope of your Bishop and if that is centre pawns it may make your Bishop takes twice the amount of time to reach in a roundabout way the other side of the board,and sometimes there is just not enough time to do that,everything depends on the exact position!.
May-06-14
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  perfidious: <Chris321>, there are many general rules, virtually all of which have exceptions.

One such generality is that one should avoid placing pawns on the same-coloured squares as one's own bishop; however, in defending an inferior ending, this can actually be efficacious at times, as that bishop can better protect the pawns.

May-06-14  Petrosianic: <One such generality is that one should avoid placing pawns on the same-coloured squares as one's own bishop; however, in defending an inferior ending, this can actually be efficacious at times, as that bishop can better protect the pawns.>

Sometimes rules can step on each other. Like, you should avoid putting pawns on the same color as your own Bishop. You should also avoid putting them on the same color as your opponent's Bishop. Sometimes you can't do both.

It's important to know not only the rules, but what they're for. As you say, the point of putting pawns on the same color as your Bishop is to protect the Pawns. The point of putting them on opposite colors is to increase your Bishop's mobility. When evaluating the position, you have to figure out what you're trying to do, and pick the rule that furthers that goal.

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