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.


Fantasy Football Week Three Recap

Greetings and salutations fantasy football nerds. I managed to win this week which brings me to 3-1 despite the fact that I didn’t start a defense and had most of my team on a bye week. Thankfully guys like Eddie Royal and Terrence Williams came through for me in big ways. It was extra sweet to win this week on… Read more →


Fantasy Football Week Two Recap

Greetings everyone, I lost my first game this past weekend and I’d like to give a shout-out to the following players: Philip Rivers – I was at this game, and I saw Philip Rivers pick apart my team and he could only manage to target Keenan Allen TWICE? What a dick. Sammy Watkins – I was in the team store… Read more →

IM Jay Bonin showing us a game on the demo board

Recap of the 136th NYS Championship

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of once again playing in the 136th New York State Championship. I did a bit worse than last year and lost rating points but I felt I played well and was a few moves away from winning in both of the games that I drew. In one particularly painful example, I outplayed… Read more →


Fantasy Football Week One Recap

Hello everyone, as promised here are the life zugzwang player rankings for week one and match-up statistics for week two. As is the case this early in the season, there really aren’t enough statistics to make real accurate predictions on players. The initial table order is how I predict they will perform in week two. I’ve left off some players… Read more →