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.


Weekly Review – 5/21/15 – 7/3/15

Welcome back everyone, recently I’ve done a better job of collecting the headlines than in previous posts. Without further ado here’s what I got: 5/26/15 – Nebraska Governor Vetoes Bill That Repealed Death Penalty 6/3/15 – FIFA Updates: Interpol Targets Officials, And South Africa Denies Bribing 6/16/15 – ‘I Identify As Black,’ Rachel Dolezal Says In TV Interview 6/25/15 –… Read more →

GM Petar Drenchev

July 2015 Grandmaster Spotlight: Petar Drenchev

This month we are going to be examining the life and games of GM Petar Drenchev. GM Drenchev has a FIDE rating of 2465 and is the 18th highest rated player from Bulgaria. He earned the IM title in 2007 and the GM title in 2011. Drenchev received his GM title later in life than you usually see. This gives… Read more →


Jurassic World 3D: DINOSAURS!!!!!

In a departure from my typical movie experience; I chose to see Jurassic World in 3D. Because I saw the film in 3D, my review is centered on the 3D experience. I’m going to give this film two ratings based on my 3D experience. I recommend you check it out in standard definition. Don’t bother seeing it in 3D. I… Read more →


Recap of the 61st Maryland Open

A few weeks ago I played in the 61st Maryland Open. As usual the conditions were fantastic. Mike runs a fantastic tournament. My readers should make an attempt to play in his events. He works hard and we need more progressive minded people in the chess world. I did my new routine leading up to this tournament. My results were… Read more →