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.


Boyhood: Because Life Doesn’t Give You Bumpers

Greetings and salutations movie fans! Last night I went to The Little to watch one of my most anticipated films of the year: “Boyhood”. Please everyone before I get started check this out in theaters. Support Linklater’s films; give this man more money so he can continue to create cinematic instant-classics. Read more →


Recap of the 2014 Aurora Summer Open

On Fourth of July weekend, I had the pleasure of playing in my first international tournament held in Canada. My play was poor and I lost many FIDE points but my experience in Canada was quite positive. I corresponded via email with the organizer Graeme, who was helpful and organized. I was able to do a bit of sightseeing in… Read more →


Quebec Vacation – A Photo Essay

Some of you may have noticed (via social media) that I was on vacation this past week. My lady-friend and I went to Montreal, Quebec City, and Ottawa. Quebec for me was by far the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited. We had a fantastic time despite some inclement weather. We used Airbnb to book the vast majority of our… Read more →

Semetey Tologontegin (Kyrgyzstan)

Tromso Olympiad Recap: Rd. 6

Hello everyone, this is probably going to be my last update on the Olympiad. I’ve had a lot of fun bringing you the upsets and the latest news regarding the Olympiad. It’s been quite challenging and quite entertaining, but alas vacation is calling and I need to answer. As far as the chess for this round goes I want to… Read more →