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.


800 Games: A Brief Look Back

A few months ago I managed to complete my 800th over the board chess game. We can say a lot about playing 800 games over the board. First of all; think of all the time I’ve wasted! Consider that each game is roughly 120 minutes long. Based on that calculation, I’ve spent 1600 hours playing chess. That’s ~67 days of… Read more →


It Follows or A Detroit Love Story

“It Follows”, directed by David Robert Mitchell, is an affable tale about young love. Before I get started with my review I’d recommend you check it out while it’s in theaters. The film is a coming of age tale about two young lovers living in Detroit. I found the film to be riveting and enjoyable. The special effects that they used… Read more →

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Endorsement Time: Official Staunton

I want to give a shout out to Official Staunton (not to be confused with House of Staunton). They have a fantastic website and frequently update their social media. If you follow me on twitter, you’ll note that a last month, I won an online giveaway. I’m generally somewhat cynical about giving strangers on the internet my address; I thought… Read more →


’71: AKA Behind Enemy Lines/Saving Private Ryan/Black Hawk Down

The familiar “Behind Enemy Lines” trope is alive and well. The latest incarnation of the theme is in ’71, directed by Yann Demange. I enjoyed the film and I recommend you check it out in theaters. Was it the best film I’ve seen all year? Definitely not. It wouldn’t even rank in the top twenty if I had to rank the… Read more →