Passive play in chess is the opposite of active play. Passive play means avoiding active or aggressive moves, but simply playing “nothing” moves or playing defensive moves.
Passive moves are rarely a winning strategy. In beginner chess, it can still work because it avoids making risky moves, and hopes that the opposite will make a mistake. Hence, it works against beginners.
But passive play against intermediate or advanced players merely gives them lots of time to build up an attack against you. And once the attack has started, using passive defence will rarely succeed as a defence of your King.
You should avoid passive play, and choose strategies like active play, tenacious defence, and other attacking strategies.
Related Chess Tactics
Read more about these related chess strategies:
- Active Play
- Attacking Strategies
- Tenacious Defence
- The Initiative
- Nothing Moves