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.


Whiplash: Good Job

I saw Whiplash at The Little last night. I enjoyed the film and I related to the characters on quite a personal level. I’m going to attempt to roll this post into another post that I have had on the backburner because I think they fit well together. As is customary I will say that, you should check it out in theaters.… Read more →


Weekly Review: 11/12/14 – 12/4/14

I’ve been hella busy lately with studying for the GRE so I haven’t had time to post anything or do anything fun. With that being said I’ve kept up (somewhat) with the latest headlines. 11/16/14 – Clearing Of MH17 Debris Begins In Eastern Ukraine 11/18/14 – As snow ends, roof collapses, floods are concerns 11/24/14 – Ferguson police officer won’t… Read more →


Interstellar: An Incredible Journey

I saw “Interstellar” last night in Webster at the AMC Loews. Before I get going, I recommend you check it out, at an IMAX theater if possible. After gawking at the run time, two hours and 49 minutes, I was concerned that the film was going to be an arduous journey. That could not have been further from the truth.… Read more →


Recap of the First Central NY Open

It took me a while to create this post. I wasn’t sure what I should write. Did I play well? Eh, sort of. Did my opponents help? For sure. I suppose I should start at the beginning, a few weeks ago, I played in the first ever, “Central New York” Open. The tournament took place in Syracuse University (GO ORANGE!)… Read more →