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.


Recap of the 2016 Cleveland Open

I recently competed in the 2016 Cleveland Open. This summer I’ve taken a lot of time off from chess. Since my previous experience in Canada I haven’t felt motivated to compete. Since the NY State championship is approaching I figured that now would be a good time to get back into “form”. Aside from some online games I haven’t been playing… Read more →


Recap of the 2016 Niagara Falls Open

On the weekend of April 15, I competed in the Niagara Falls Open held in Niagara Falls, Ontario. As this was only my second time playing in Canada I was unsure of what to expect. This tournament, like many before it, had it’s trials and tribulations. There was drama and intrigue. It is unlikely that I’ll be returning to play… Read more →

GM Bryan Smith (left) and FM Ben Dean-Kawamura playing in the Final round of the 2016 Marchand.

FM Ben Dean-Kawamura Annotates!

Greetings everyone, today we have a special treat. FM Ben Dean-Kawamura has once again annotated a critical victory of his. This time over GM Bryan Smith. You may remember Ben from his annotations from the 2014 Marchand. In 2014, he defeated GM Kekelidze in a wild game. But that’s not all! Ben created a python script which changes changes chess annotation into beautiful… Read more →

Recap of the 38th Marchand Open

I read a lot of articles that tell the reader to try and take “lessons” away from tournaments. For me the lessons sometimes come long after I’ve finished a tournament. Sometimes the lessons can be quite painful. There are times when I struggle to take a lesson away from a particular game or event. In the Marchand this year, I learned a… Read more →