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.


’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 →


Red Army: A Return to the Ice

I stopped watching the NHL a few years ago after the strike. I was tired of putting up with the drama of having a season, and then not having a season. I haven’t looked back since then, and I don’t watch much hockey now. I saw, “Red Army” last night at, “The Little”. I enjoyed it and I think you… Read more →

GM Alon Greenfeld

April 2015 Grandmaster Spotlight: Alon Greenfeld

Welcome back everyone, this month we are examining the games of GM Alon Greenfeld. Greenfeld has a FIDE rating of 2546 and is 14th highest rated player in Israel. He earned the IM title in 1983 and the GM title in 1989. He is still somewhat active and plays a couple of rated games a month. According to Wikipedia, he… Read more →


Recap of the 37th Marchand Open

I had planned on starting this post with that banal quote from Julius Caesar. Repeating that stale idiom would only serve to beguile my dear reader with hackneyed intrigue. So I won’t do that. The Marchand took place last weekend in Rochester NY at the Strong Museum of Play. There were a few upsets, and a couple of notable draws.… Read more →