an in-between move

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[German, from zwischen, intermediate + zug, move

Literally an "in-between move". A move in a tactical sequence is called a zwischenzug* when it does not relate directly to the tactical motif in operation. |source|

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From this position, black played a zwischenzug: 19…d5
(Linares 2002, 1-0)


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David Rowland studies philosophy at the University of Illinois - Urbana / Champaign, where he's an active member of the Graduate Employees Organization. He used to play a lot of chess, but wasn't all that good. He has a blog. And email.




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Sunday, January 04, 2004


And the blog was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.

So what is Zwichenzug?

To begin with, it's a misspelling of the chess term zwischenzug. I tried looking it up on the web before naming the blog, but so many people had misspelled the word before me that I didn't have any trouble finding exemplars of my preferred -- and incorrect -- spelling. There's a lesson there somewhere.

A zwischenzug is played in order to keep your position substantially the same until your next move. It's often called a waiting move. Sometimes you play a zwischenzug because your opponent is in zugzwang. On the off chance that chess isn't your game, there's a similar strategic theme in poker -- the check.

But what is Zwichenzug: an in - between move?

The answer to that question continues to evolve. I started Zwichenzug as an outlet for writing that I didn't have any other channel for. Sometimes I use it to pass the time. A lot of the older posts are left-leaning political commentary, but these days most of my political blogging is published on The Bellman. For awhile, I mostly used this blog as a place to workshop philosophical ideas, though I also threw in little bit of bloggy blogging and metablogging. Nowadays I'm trying to post something or other every day, and I'm really not sure what will come out until I sit down at my computer. There's still some philosoblogging, but there's a lot of other stuff too.

As long as you're here, you may as well take a look around. Here, in rough chronlogical order, are links to some of my favorite posts:

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Heaven forfend!

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On moral skepticism


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Tiffany's argument against strong internalism

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