Waiting move

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In chess parlance, a waiting move is a move that does not appear to contribute to the player's immediate tactical objectives, but instead shifts the burden of action to the opponent. Such a move may be inconsequential, reflecting a lack of a plan, or it may itself constitute a tactic by obligating the opponent to make a subsequent move.


  • 9 years ago · Quote · #1


    Ah, I understand.  I have used this when I had an attack position set up, but it required a first response from the opponent.  For me it usually goes badly, because the opponent has a plan and I just gave over the lead.  Usually when this happens I am forced into moves from some other part of the board that also destroys my plans. However, I have won great games with it and gained much material.
  • 6 years ago · Quote · #2


    interesting.  like not exchanging, but letting the opponent do so.  gives you time and an opportunity to develop something else.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #3


    Would an example be like if you were trying to gain opposition and had like an extra pawn or something and the opponent had another pawn with one square in between facing each other. Would moving your pawn be a waiting move?

  • 8 weeks ago · Quote · #4


    In an end game it can mean the difference between stalemate and checkmate. See the two bishops end game below as an example...

    Had white not used the vital waiting move, black could have slipped away & possibly acheived a stalemate! 
  • 8 weeks ago · Quote · #5


    Here is another example of an end game using a waiting move to acheive desired results.

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