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.


The Life in Zugzwang Fantasy Football Preview!

Greetings everyone; I wanted to try something a bit new for this post. This post is about fantasy football, if you have no interest in fantasy football, the rest of this post is going to be boring for you. I’m going to try to do this weekly so I will likely be a week behind the actual NFL season. There… Read more →

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Weekly Review: 8/1/14 – 9/2/14

Instead of doing a “real” post, I’ve decided to do a weekly review. With any luck, you’ve all recovered from the hangover that is the fantasy football draft. For those of you that are curious I did quite well in the draft and plan on winning the league this year. I haven’t done one of these in a while so I… Read more →


Boyhood: Because Life Doesn’t Give You Bumpers

Greetings and salutations movie fans! Last night I went to The Little to watch one of my most anticipated films of the year: “Boyhood”. Please everyone before I get started check this out in theaters. Support Linklater’s films; give this man more money so he can continue to create cinematic instant-classics. Read more →


Recap of the 2014 Aurora Summer Open

On Fourth of July weekend, I had the pleasure of playing in my first international tournament held in Canada. My play was poor and I lost many FIDE points but my experience in Canada was quite positive. I corresponded via email with the organizer Graeme, who was helpful and organized. I was able to do a bit of sightseeing in… Read more →