Biff the Bishops

Biffing the Bishops means moving a pawn upwards one square from its starting square to attack a Bishop that comes close to your area. Moving your pawn upwards by one square to attack a piece is called “biffing” the piece, and is usually done to enemy bishops or knights.

Often it’s desirable to “biff” the bishop immediately. This helps push your opponent backwards somewhat, and creates some tactical options.

The most common situation is where a Bishop has just pinned your Knight. If you are White, after you play Nf3, then Black plays Bg4, it’s often desirable to biff immediately with h3. Black can play Bxf3 (exchanging Bishop for Knight) or, more likely, can retreat to Bh5.

After the retreat, it’s not always desirable to play g4 (especially if your King is on that side), so biffing a Bishop doesn’t work as well as biffing a Knight. Nevertheless, biffing the bishop creates the option of playing g4 later to move the Bishop further back if you wish later.

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