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.


Fantasy Football Week Two Recap

Greetings everyone, I lost my first game this past weekend and I’d like to give a shout-out to the following players: Philip Rivers – I was at this game, and I saw Philip Rivers pick apart my team and he could only manage to target Keenan Allen TWICE? What a dick. Sammy Watkins – I was in the team store… Read more →

IM Jay Bonin showing us a game on the demo board

Recap of the 136th NYS Championship

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of once again playing in the 136th New York State Championship. I did a bit worse than last year and lost rating points but I felt I played well and was a few moves away from winning in both of the games that I drew. In one particularly painful example, I outplayed… Read more →


Fantasy Football Week One Recap

Hello everyone, as promised here are the life zugzwang player rankings for week one and match-up statistics for week two. As is the case this early in the season, there really aren’t enough statistics to make real accurate predictions on players. The initial table order is how I predict they will perform in week two. I’ve left off some players… Read more →


The Life in Zugzwang Fantasy Football Preview!

Greetings everyone; I wanted to try something a bit new for this post. This post is about fantasy football, if you have no interest in fantasy football, the rest of this post is going to be boring for you. I’m going to try to do this weekly so I will likely be a week behind the actual NFL season. There… Read more →