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Life in Zugzwang

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.

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Chess Challenge Day 2


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I played for two hours today, I still haven’t really decided how long I’m going to play for online so again, if anybody has any suggestions please let me know. I started off playing rather poorly, but managed to regain some dignity towards the middle of the stream. I still managed to finish with 11 wins, 2 draws and 9… Read more →

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Challenge Accepted

Hello everyone, I’ve decided to take on a challenge. I’m going to try to play blitz chess on ICC for some predetermined length of time. I think the record right now is 72 hours as set by Graham Burgess but I’ve yet to see any corroboration on this or confirmation. If anyone knows Graham or can confirm this record please… Read more →

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Twitch Stream!

Greetings everyone! I set up a new twitch stream! I’m going to be streaming every Monday at 7pm EST for the ICC 3/2 USCF Blitz tournament. With any luck, I’ll see y’all there! I’ll also post the videos to youtube afterward so you’ll always be able to see it after I’m done playing. Follow me on Twitch! EDIT: The video for… Read more →

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Recap of the 2016 Cleveland Open


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I recently competed in the 2016 Cleveland Open. This summer I’ve taken a lot of time off from chess. Since my previous experience in Canada I haven’t felt motivated to compete. Since the NY State championship is approaching I figured that now would be a good time to get back into “form”. Aside from some online games I haven’t been playing… Read more →