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why not draw?

Asked by salvicoin2
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hi, today i lost a match by time but my opponent only have one bishop , i can´t understad why isn´t draw. I play with black.

1. g3 b6 2. Bg2 Bb7 3. Nf3 Bxf3 4. O-O c6 5. Bxf3 d5 6. Bg2 Nf6 7. e4 e6 8. e5 Nfd7 9. d4 Bb4 10. c3 Be7 11. a3 O-O 12. b4 c5 13. Bb2 cxd4 14. cxd4 f6 15. Nc3 fxe5 16. dxe5 Nxe5 17. f4 Ng6 18. Qd3 Bf6 19. Rad1 Bxc3 20. Bxc3 Nc6 21. b5 Nce7 22. Qd4 Rf7 23. h4 Nf5 24. Qd3 Qd6 25. h5 Nge7 26. Be5 Qc5+ 27. Kh2 Rc8 28. g4 Nd6 29. Rd2 Nxb5 30. Rc2 Qxc2 31. Qxc2 Rxc2 32. a4 Na3 33. Kg3 Nc4 34. Bd4 Ra2 35. a5 Rxa5 36. f5 Ra3+ 37. Kh2 exf5 38. gxf5 Rxf5 39. Rxf5 Nxf5 40. Bf2 Ra2 41. Bh4 Nce3 42. Bd8 Nxg2 43. Kh3 Nge3 44. Bc7 g6 45. hxg6 hxg6 46. Bxb6 Rc2 47. Bxe3 1-0
2 Answers
Answered by FoxKing
Your opponent (white) won because it is technically possible for white to win - with your help. Because white can win, the game is awarded to white, as per FIDE rules.

You (black) would have to help trap your own King, with your own men, so that white could deliver checkmate. It would require bad blunders on your part, but it 'could' happen.

It is true that a King & Bishop cannot checkmate a lone King, but in this game there is still plenty of material for black to trap their own King making it possible for white to deliver checkmate.

I believe this is the game you are referring to:
Answered by CM Sarg0n
This is the shortest mate I found.

1... Kh7 2. Bd4 Kh6 3. Be5 Rc7 4. Bf6 Rh7 5. Kg4 Ng7 6. Bg5#

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