In the following photograph, white decided to move his king to c3 before playing b3. After he succeeded in such an act, he moved his king back to the starting point, i.e. e2. Why didn't he just play b3 right away, which is so much easier?

The original game can be found here. White is on his 34th move.

6R1/4r1b1/1pk1p1pp/2p1p3/2P1N1PP/4P3/1P2KP2/8 w - - 0 34

White to move.


He probably wanted to make the time control which is usually on the 40th move before making any comittal decisions.

  • I did not consider this. For those who don't know, time control at the 40th move suddenly leaves each side with a certain amount of time left (this is known as sudden death). With this shortened amount of time, the defending side is under more pressure. – Jossie Calderon May 15 '17 at 22:50
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    @JossieCalderon: on the contrary, both players usually get more time on move 40. You have x amount of time to reach move 40, and then get extra time when that is reached. Back then, probably about an hour for tne next twenty moves, or even more. Nowadays it'll often be some amount for the rest of the game, the "sudden death" you mention, but it's on top of what you already had. – RemcoGerlich May 16 '17 at 9:58
  • @RemcoGerlich: music to my ears. – Jossie Calderon May 16 '17 at 15:49

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