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.


October 2015 Grandmaster Spotlight: Li Chao

Welcome back everyone; we’re happy you’re here. After the total roller coaster that was the World Cup we are back with another GM Spotlight. This month we are examining the games of GM Li Chao. Chao earned the GM title in 2007 at the age of 18. Since earning the title he’s climbed to a peak rating of 2756. He’s slipped… Read more →


State of the Zugzwang

Hey everyone, wanted to do a quick update so y’all don’t think I’ve forgotten about you, or this blog. I still plan on doing updates on a somewhat regular schedule (one update every one or two weeks). I still have some GM Spotlights to finish up, I’m aware, I’ve fallen way behind. For that I apologize. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ To use a… Read more →

Syracuse University, a picturesque place. GO ORANGE!

Recap of the 2nd Central NY Open: A King Dethroned

It is with sorrow that I announce that, after a valiant effort, I have relinquished my crown of Central NY State Chess Champion. I look back on my time as your champion with nothing but happy memories. One day soon I hope to reclaim the title. For now, I am content in knowing that the crown rests with a formidable… Read more →


Recap of the 20th Arkport Open

I competed in the 20th Arkport Open this past weekend. I’m going to take an excerpt from my previous post about the 19th Arkport Open: This tournament has a special place in my chess career because it was the first “big” tournament that I played in when I returned to chess SEVEN [sic. EIGHT] years ago. This year there was a four-way tie… Read more →