Zugzwang: [ˈtsuːktsvaŋ]

1. German for "Compulsion to move".
2. When your couch gets stuck in a stairwell and you can't move it out.
3. A player is said to be in "zugzwang" when any possible move will worsen their position.

GM Sergei Azarov

March 2015 Grandmaster Spotlight: Sergei Azarov

Welcome back everyone, last month we learned about the legend Yuri Averbakh. This month the spotlight is on GM Sergei Azarov. Sergei Azarov has a rating of 2635 and is the second highest rated player from Belarus. I had some trouble finding information about his title confirmations. According to Wikipedia he earned the GM title in 2003. Unlike the previous… Read more →


Weekly Review 12/6/14 – 2/16/15

OK ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok, I get it. It’s been a while and although I’m somewhat unapologetic about my lack of updates, it has been on my mind. I noticed that all two of my readers voted that they would like to see this column continue and as not to alienate the two people that… Read more →


Birdman: Above Them All

I know I’m a bit late to the game on this review. Birdman came out in October of last year and I never got around to seeing it. Last night I went to the Pittsford Cinema 9 for the first time. Before I begin my review, I figured I should talk a bit about the theater itself. I like the… Read more →


Don’t Let The Babadook In!

Last night I had the immense pleasure of going to see, “The Babadook“. It was without a doubt the scariest movie I have seen in theaters. I avoid seeing scary movies in the theater, they tend to be cliché and predictable. Directors seem to care more about shocking you, than creating a good story arch. Jennifer Kent, the director, did… Read more →