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How the Chess Bishop Moves
Each Bishop is confined to squares of a single color for the entire chess game.

The Bishop can move any number of squares along its diagonals. The diagram shows that a Bishop in the center of an empty chess board can move to 13 different squares.

The Bishop can't hop over other pieces. The diagram shows that the white Bishop is blocked by the white Rook, but can capture the black Rook. It can't go any further on either of these diagonals.

Note that in the initial position, one Bishop of each color starts on a white square and one starts on a black square. Each Bishop can reach only half of the squares on the chess board, but together they can move to every square on the entire board.

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