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.


2015 Chess World Cup (Round 4)

Apologies for the delay everyone; I was traveling yesterday. There were some exciting results yesterday. In one of the worst displays of sportsmanship I’ve seen in top-level chess in a long time, GM Ian Nepomniachtchi appealed his loss against Hikaru Nakamura after claiming that Nakamura castled with two hands. To his credit, Nakamura did use two hands to castle, but… Read more →


2015 Chess World Cup (Round 3)

Round two is over and we’re at the stage of 32. Just 32 players stand in the way of earning one of two candidates spots. Technically less than 32 because a few remaining players have already reserved their spots in the tournament. Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana got spots via the FIDE Grand Prix. Today was quite dramatic. The tiebreaks… Read more →


2015 Chess World Cup (Round 2)

The first round is over and we have some interesting results. There were some notable upsets in the first round. A few of the players considered to be the “old guard” have been eliminated. Before we get started with the upsets I just wanted to make the comment that the repartee between GM Emil Sutovsky and GM Evgeny Miroshnichenko is… Read more →


Recap of the 137th NYS Championship

The New York State Championship is becoming one of my favorite tournaments. I look back on my previous tournaments and am filled with fond memories. This year Aleksandr Ostrovskiy won the tournament in impressive fashion with 5/6. This year was a good year for me. I played in the open section and performed well. I scored 3/6 and went +2 =2… Read more →