an in-between move

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Don't read this blog!

I mean, thanks for dropping by my little corner of the blogospheric backwaters, but the blog you should be reading is The Bellman. The stuff I post there is much, much less likely to be imbued with dormitive powers.


[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|

image copyright TWIC

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 11, 2004


Me and Sleepy had been playing clubs for a couple of months when we met Dopey, who could whistle like dabejeezus. Dopey knew Doc, who knew Sneezy...

I have always accepted the biblical injunction that, "Bodily exercise profiteth little." [1 Timothy 4:8] But CNN forced me to reconsider. According to this story, "The same family of chemicals that produces a buzz in marijuana smokers may be responsible for runner's high." As a reformed pot head, my first impulse was to say, "Run--don't walk--to something about an hour away!"

Thankfully, I'm smart enough to know that there are always risks when embarking on a new exercise program/addiction, so I did some research. In this case, I found out that, "mice bred for 30 generations to display increased voluntary wheel running behavior - an 'exercise addiction' - showed higher amounts of BDNF than normal, sedentary mice." link

BDNF, for those of you not in the know, is brain-derived neurotrophic factor. It's a chemical "involved in protecting and producing neurons in the hippocampus."

High levels of BDNF are correlated with learning difficulties. It turns out that, "the running addict, compared with the normal-running, control mice, perform 'terribly' when attempting to navigate around a maze."

Now this could have nothing to do with BDNF. It could be that running addicts are so fixated on exercise wheels that mazes just don't do it for them anymore. But do you really want to risk it?

For now, I'll stick to my sedentary ways. Pass the hookah.

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