Bishop Rules

Bishops move diagonally, in any of 4 directions. Bishops can move forwards and backwards (diagonally). They always stay on the same color square throughout the entire game.

Bishops capture in the normal way. If a Bishop can move (diagonally) to a square, then it can capture an enemy piece or pawn on that square.

Bishops cannot jump over any pieces that are on the diagonals. They must stop immediately before their own pieces, or they can capture an enemy piece that is on a square in its path.

Bishops can sometimes be created from pawns. This is called underpromotion and applies only to pawns. It is an unusual rule that is rarely used in real games.

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