Author: Josh

Quick Blitz Analysis – 5/20/20

This week I have an interesting positional exchange sacrifice to share with you guys. Sometimes you make sacrifices and the compensation is not immediately obvious. It’s entirely possible that the sacrifice I made during this game is not objectively correct, but it led to a position where my Bishop became more valuable than his rook. Let’s have a look:  … Read more →

Quick Blitz Analysis – 5/2/20

This week I have a fun little game to share, as well as a new segment I’m calling “The Wall of Shame”. This new segment is in response to the the rampant cheating that occurs in online chess, specifically on chess.com. I’ve decided as a way of shaming these idiots, that I would post their names with some minimal commentary… Read more →

Quick Blitz Analysis – 4/13/20

As I mentioned in my last post, my play hasn’t been great lately. I’ve been playing in those arena tournaments on chess.com where inevitably i lose to someone much lower rated and finish just out of the top three. This game I chose because it’s a good example of the old adage, “In opposite colored bishop endings, the side that… Read more →

Quick Blitz Analysis – 3/29/20

I recently got up to a record high rating for me on chess.com, 2214. Of course yesterday I spent like 4 hours playing and had a precipitous 100 point fall. Such is chess I suppose. My play yesterday didn’t feel that bad, it felt various things just weren’t going right in each individual game. In some games I wasn’t managing… Read more →

Quick Blitz Analysis – 3/7/20

I don’t have a long game to show you this week, I wanted to share a fun little opening trap that catches players off guard. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve caught someone with this trap and it’s not something that they usually expect. What I like about this trap is how natural looking the moves are.… Read more →

Quick Blitz Analysis – 2/7/20

Sometimes in online chess, you get trapped into playing mini-matches against a player. Either they’ll offer you a rematch or you’ll offer them one. A few nights ago I had such a mini match against a player on chess.com. I went like 1-3, and as soon as I won he declined my rematch. In this game I completely dominated him… Read more →

Quick Blitz Analysis – 1/29/20

Hello everyone, as part of my attempting to improve my chess and eventually get back into the tournament scene I’ve decided to attempt to analyze one game a week. I realize that most blitz games don’t have a lot of value as neither player are necessarily looking for the “best moves”. That said, I’ve attempted to find a solid game… Read more →

Chess.com 2019 Report

I recently received my “2019 Report” from chess.com. I wasn’t aware that this was a service they offered but I enjoyed their report and their suggestions. In this new era of “big data” chess.com is collecting millions of games a day (if not more) so it makes sense that they would have suggestions for improvement. It should be noted that… Read more →

LifeZugzwang.com Presents: The Definitive Halloween Viewing Guide for 2019

Another year has come and gone, and we’re back for our annual Halloween tradition. You’ll note that this list is (once again) similar to last year. I’ve made a few more changes; to my list.  Removed:  Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – Cut to make room for another wildcard.  The Evil Dead (1981) – I understand the importance of this film;… Read more →