Chess Academy eBook+ “The Bishop Pair” runs on a standard PC with the operating system Windows® 10 / 11 and Windows® Vista 32bit/XP/2000/NT4/9x/Me.

Installation of the program, program interface, menu, and help in the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Polish.

Chess Academy eBook+ “The Bishop Pair” contains a full version of the successful and powerful Chess Academy chess program (ver. 5.5) with the tutorial and training module “The Bishop Pair”.

Tutorial and training examples with text comments in German and English languages are classified by topics/subtopics and each commented variation includes matching positional evaluations and/or text annotations explaining typical plans and maneuvers.

The chess program offers practically all functions of modern chess software – no matter if it is about professional databases, interactive tutorial and training programs, or strong playing programs.

The playing program comes with huge engine books: Chess Academy opening books “ChampionBook” with about 8.5 million positions and GambitBook with about 2.2 million positions. Chess Academy middlegame book with about 8 million positions with the critical positions from the middlegame and endgame.

Included is a professional database with 1,590,744 games without duplicates on its own (compact and extremely fast!) Chess Academy format.

  • The program supports data in PGN and ChessBase (CBF) format and also allows conversion to PGN, RTF, HTML, and EPD
  • The Chess Academy game editor allows all chess games to be annotated (text comments as well as graphical comments)
  • Sophisticated printing options for chess notation/symbols/diagrams
  • Powerful Chess Academy playing program, the program even offers WinBoard support and auto-player support

Clear, robust, and intuitive program interface, easy to handle.

The program provides a variety of very useful exploratory hint tools available to use at any time that you choose. The program monitors your actions and allows convenient navigation through chess windows, game lists, etc. Chess Academy gives you also the opportunity to use your preferred method for operating the graphic interface: with a mouse or with a keyboard. You can also set up the on-screen colors, chessboard size, program language, chess pieces set, and so on. The game editor allows you to comment on all chess games (text comments as well as graphic comments).

Chess Academy offers excellent 2D and 3D boards and piece sets, the size of the board, as well as colors, which can be easily changed, piece animation, special chess symbols, special windows for analyzing purposes and displaying variants, ToolBars icons, and their groups can be easily handled and much more – enjoy at the same time by using Chess Academy® program!

Chess Academy provides a complete interactive system for enjoying, playing, and studying chess! Chess Academy enables any chess player to rapidly improve his chess skills in an efficient and effective manner. Chess Academy users learn chess and organize their training lessons through active participation and discovery with carefully selected and fully annotated Tutorial & Training Examples, authored by top-class players and experienced coaches.

  • CD-ROM or DVD. Packaging: installation instructions in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Polish languages, customer card.
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Brief description of the included tutorial and training module “The Bishop Pair”:

The included tutorial and training module “The Bishop Pair” is dedicated to one of the most important strategic problems in a game of chess. It explains how to continue in different positions with or against the bishop pair. In this masterpiece, the authors explain the most fundamental concepts every player should know about playing with or against the bishop pair.

The master seems to place his pieces on the right squares effortlessly. To where they work perfectly together and dominate important lines, diagonals, or squares. Using a selection of classical and more recent games, the authors explain how to deal with typical positions with bishop pair that can arise from different openings.

The module successfully combines classical games, with which the individual chapters are introduced, and modern examples. This module contains 200 selected and extensively annotated examples and will encourage the user to study the middle game more seriously.

This standard work also covers the following topics:

  • Attacking the king
  • Exposing diagonals
  • Transfer to the important diagonal
  • Transformation of the advantage
  • Space advantage
  • Exchange into endgame
  • Restriction of minor pieces
  • Creation of weaknesses
  • Opening the center
  • Sacrifice to gain the bishop pair
  • Initiative and domination, etc.

Co-author E. Borulia is a well-known female grandmaster. Winning the German Women’s Championship in 1995 was a major step in her grandmaster career so far. Co-author J. Srokowskiy is an international master since 1992. He was the coach of GM Andrei Maximenko, GM E. Borulia, GM S. Matveyeva and GM M. Litinskaya. He was awarded the Chigorin Medal for his outstanding achievements in training top players.

Conclusion: Without a doubt, this is an extremely instructive work. Therefore, be sure to use this module as well. Some examples cause difficulties even for master players. However, players of any level will benefit from working with this module.

  • Chess Academy database program, tutorial and training program, playing program and chess engine (Chess Academy ver.5.5, full version)
  • Chess Academy database with 1.590.744 chess games without duplicates in exceptionally high quality
  • Tutorial and Training Module “The Bishop Pair”
  • Chess Academy chess engine for playing or analyzing purposes
  • Chess Academy opening books for Chess Engine: “ChampionBook” with about 8.5 mio. positions and GambitBook with about 2.2 mio. positions
  • Chess Academy middlegame book for chess engine with about 8 million positions
  • plays and analyzes games or game fragments from the chess database
  • plays and analyzes tutorial and training examples, studies, test positions
  • creates, edits, and merges opening books for the Chess Academy chess engine
  • plays videos (supports AVI, WAV files)
  • opens up to 24 games at the same time, edits game header, extended game information
  • provides player and opening statistics in the chess database with all available information
  • shows variants, key squares, important motifs and plans for any position
  • saves games in the chess database with all variants, text and video/audio comments
  • saves variants of the included analysis engine in the game (auto analysis mode)
  • supports other programs (chess engines), supports Thompson’s endgame databases
  • quickly searches for game header, material, exact position, position outlines and maneuvers
  • quickly sorts all games in the chess database by players, source, time period, ECO, moves
  • allows you to create your own opening key positions and middlegame keys in the chess database
  • merges up to 16 chess databases simultaneously
  • creates and manages huge chess databases with up to 16 million games
  • creates datasets of up to 1,048,480 games from the database according to any selected criteria
  • chess datasets can be merged, intersected, subtracted, or saved as a new database
  • prints out games and tutorial examples with diagrams and comments
  • prints out opening and middlegame keys with diagrams in the chess database
  • prints opening overviews with chess tree-shaped diagrams and much more