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 Berge Ostenstad

June 2015 Grandmaster Spotlight: Berge Ostenstad

Welcome back, this month we are going to be examining the games of GM Berge Ostenstad. Ostenstad has a FIDE rating of 2456 and is the 11th highest rated player in Norway. He was the sixth person awarded the GM title from Norway. He earned the IM title in 1987 and he earned the GM title in 2003. Ostenstad is… Read more →


Weekly Review – 4/22/15 – 5/20/15

And we’re back, in lieu of doing a real post we have another weekly review. I am working on some other posts so hopefully in the meantime this will hold y’all over. This time around I did a better job of keeping track of the headlines: 4/26/15 – Nepal quake kills more than 1,800 and spreads terror on Everest 4/27/15… Read more →


Ex Machina: No ‘Deus’

In most modern stories about Artificial Intelligence (AI) they have some form of “the three laws of robotics”. These three rules govern a robots behavior. The rules, as described by Isaac Asimov in his book, “I Robot“, are as follows: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A… Read more →

GM Emil Sutovsky

May 2015 Grandmaster Spotlight: Emil Sutovsky

This month we are going to peruse the games of GM Emil Sutovsky. Sutovsky has a FIDE rating of 2626 and is the 5th highest rated player from Israel. He earned the IM title in 1993 and earned the GM title in 1996. Like GM Azarov he is still active and plays frequently. In 1996 he won the World Junior… Read more →