Tempo move

A move that, without adding or subtracting any possibilities, allows the opposite side to play as if the side making the tempo had not moved.

Special cases of tempo moves are:

See also: Tempo maneuver; Allowing tempo; Lindner 1 theme.

Kricheli, Josif

Ideal-Mate Review, 1983

1st Prize

Example: Tempo move
h#4 b) rotate 180  (2+4)

a) 1.Rd6 Kf4 2.Ra6 Kf5 3.Kc6 Ke6 4.Rb6 Rc8#
b) 1.Rf2 Rh1 2.Bd1 Ke6 3.Kf3 Kf5 4.Be2 Rh3#

Tempo move (zugzwang avoidance).

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FEN: 4R3/1p1r4/8/1b1k4/8/4K3/8/8

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Paros, György

Magyar Sakkelet, 1955

1st Prize

Example: Tempo move
h#3  (5+12)

1.g6 Qa1 2.Kb6 a5+ 3.Kc7 Qe5#

Tempo move (waiting).

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FEN: n1b1K2Q/1p4pP/p6r/k2P1p2/P6q/8/n1r2b2/8

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Kricheli, Josif

Problem (corr.), 1968

2nd Prize

Example: Tempo move
h#3 b) bBe7→c3  (5+15)

a) 1.Sc2 Rf4 2.Kd6 Kc1 3.Qc5 Rd4#
b) 1.Sb5 Rg4 2.f2 Bf4 3.Kb4 Bd6#

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FEN: 8/4b3/2p1p1p1/q1k3Pb/1R1n4/pp3pBp/p6P/rn1K4

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Wong, Peter

feenschach, 1995

1st HM

Example: Tempo move
h#2  (4+12)
b) bPd3→d7 c) bPd3→a7 d) bPd3→b3

a) 1.Qe3 Kh2 2.Kd4 Sxe6#
b) 1.Se7 Kg3 2.Kd6 Se8#
c) 1.Rb7 Kg1 2.Kb6 Sa8#
d) 1.Ra3 Kxf2 2.Kb4 Sxa6#

wK tempo, wK cross, bK star.

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FEN: 2R5/2N5/b3p2q/p1k1pn2/6p1/2Np4/r4nK1/1r6

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