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.


2015 World Cup Preview

If you’re bored this year by the chess scene, I don’t blame you. This year hasn’t been all that interesting. The good news is, that all changes today. For today FIDE has announced the first round pairings for the World Cup. The World Cup is the March Madness of the chess world; TIMES TWO! In the NCAA tournament, ~64 teams… Read more →


Southpaw: Beating a Dead Diegesis

Raise your hand if you like cake. Okay, everyone can put your hands down. Southpaw is the cinematic equivalent of cake. It’s pretty to look at, it’s satisfying to eat but it lacks any real substance. But, like most of you, I too enjoy cake; which is why you should check this out in theaters. It’s appropriate to see how… Read more →

GM Sergei Tiviakov

August 2015 Grandmaster Spotlight: Sergei Tiviakov

Welcome back! This month we are examining the life and games of GM Sergei Tiviakov. Tiviakov has been a staple of high level tournaments for the last 20 or 30 years. I learned a lot about Tiviakov in doing my research for this post. I remember when I was weaker I saw a lot of his Scandinavian games and that… Read more →


Amy: You Don’t Have the Time

When she was alive, Amy Winehouse was a polarizing figure. The new documentary “Amy”, explores her controversial life. From her humble beginnings to her cataclysmic spiral into drug abuse and alcoholism. Don’t bother seeing this one in theaters. Save yourself the eight dollars and wait for it to hit Netflix. I thought the film did a good job of illustrating… Read more →