# Timing, Your Move's Purpose, and a Hard Move to Find

• IM Silman
• | Jul 25, 2012
• | 8514 views

IMPORTANT: [At the end of the puzzles, you should click MOVE LIST so you can see my instructive notes and variations. If you are having trouble solving a problem, just click SOLUTION, and then MOVE LIST. Even if you solve everything, DO click MOVE LIST or you might miss an important bit of prose.]

TIMING IS EVERYTHING

This position smells of doom for Black. His Queen is in a comic position, his King’s in the middle, white’s Rooks are ready to crash through on the queenside, and white has an obvious lead in development. How should White handle this tasty situation?

WHAT'S THE PURPOSE OF YOUR MOVE?

Here White decided to push his f4-pawn to f5. He said he did this to, “Fix the weak pawn on f6.” Is 12.f4-f5 a good move, and if so, is its purpose to “fix the weak pawn on f6?” Finally, what’s the downside of 12.f4-f5?

A VERY TOUGH MOVE TO FIND

White should be able to punish Black, but the "Hammer of Thor" turns out to be a very hard move to find. Think you have a chance? Then give it a shot!

~ LESSONS FROM THESE EXAMPLES ~

* Some positions are static, thus calling for static, usually positional solutions, and other positions are dynamic, calling for sharp, dynamic moves. You can't find these moves if you don't feel the pulse of the position.

* If you don't know the purpose of your move (hopefully that purpose will conform to the position's needs), then why are you playing it?

* If you think the enemy position deserves to be punished (not because you want it to be, but because the imbalances scream for harsh treatment), take a very long think and insist you find a way to give the position what it wants.

HOW TO PRESENT A GAME FOR CONSIDERATION

If you want me to look over your game, send it to askjeremy@chess.com

I need your name (real or chess.com handle), your OPPONENT’S name (real or chess.com handle), both players’ ratings, where the game was played, and date. If you don’t give me this information, I won’t use your game! BTW: I’ve noticed that many people are reluctant to give me their opponent’s name. This is very strange! Showing the names of both players is the way chess games are presented in databases, books, magazines… everywhere! Permission from the opponent isn’t necessary. If permission was necessary, everyone who ever lost a game wouldn’t allow their name to be on it!

• 3 years ago

Thank you for the great advice.

• 3 years ago

coool article

• 3 years ago

what do mean no reason there is no other title in the word more prestigious than gm you should especially know that and he has no problem selling himself he is a household chess name ... more for the fullfillment. He can and  has beaten gms

• 3 years ago

Mr.Silman, can you clarify me the variation of 24...Rac8 below if black can make something better out of it ?

Thanks

• 3 years ago

@Mr. Silman:  While it's true that games in databases usually have both players full names (except for that NN guy who played many games over several centuries...), I think most people merely want to respect their opponent's privacy on the Internet or other media - especially if they beat their opponent.  I suspect that's similar to the reason you didn't name your students in The Amateur's Mind (since you were critiquing their errant thought processes in a published work).

• 3 years ago

Very nice & constuctive games, I couldn't find a purpose for the 12. f5

at the beginning :/

• 3 years ago

I really like this aspect of chess.com. The well thought-out puzzles and timed solutions and rating system are good motivators. Best chess site on the web!

• 3 years ago

NIce.

• 3 years ago

That's because he doesn't have any reason to be. Though, it would help him sell himself more if he was a full blown GM...

• 3 years ago

MR. Silman i've been playing for a long time . I've read some of your books , your really good and i have always wanted to know why your not a GM though i feel like you deserve it . your teaching style is unmatched

thanks

• 3 years ago

Thanks,your articles are turning out to be very useful for me.