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 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 →


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 →