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Zwichenzug

an in-between move

Cool kids read The Bellman.

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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.

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Zwischenzug
[German, from zwischen, intermediate + zug, move

n.
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
Adams-Kasparov
(Linares 2002, 1-0)

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about your blogger

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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Monday, February 23, 2004

 

167 is a bigger number than 159

Notes on the Atrocities points out this essay from The Atlantic Monthly about the new written portion of the SAT. The article is written by some folks at The Princeton Review. Their advice:

To receive a high score a student should write a long essay of three or more paragraphs, with each paragraph containing topic and concluding sentences and at least one sentence that includes the words 'for example.' Whenever possible the student should use polysyllabic words where shorter, clearer words would suffice. The SAT essay will not be a place to take rhetorical chances. Flair will win no points; the highest-scoring essays will be earnest, long-winded, and predictable.

Unless The Princeton Review's work has gone into the toilet in the five years since they bought me 150 points on the GRE, this advice is probably pretty good.

But the point of the article isn't to help readers (or their children) get into selective colleges. No, they're making fun of the standard. They trot out passages from several famous authors -- Hemingway, Shakespeare, Gertrude Stein, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the Unabomber -- and evaluate each using the College Board's criteria. Predictably, the Unabomber gets the best score.

It took me awhile to get the joke. They started out with Hemingway, and I thought it was supposed to be an example of really bad writing that nevertheless received a high score.

Frankly, the authors could learn a thing or two about signposting.

Here's the evaluation of Shakespeare's "all the world's a stage" bit:

Reader's evaluation: This essay is poorly organized, with only one paragraph (though, to Mr. Shakespeare's credit, the topic sentence does speak to what the rest of the sentences in his one paragraph are about). It is riddled with errors in syntax, incomplete sentences being the most noticeable problem. Although his supporting sentences are vivid in their description, they are vague and general, not true examples. And he unfortunately spells "honor" with the extraneous "u." Grade: 2 out of 6

I'd venture to say that any student who writes in Elizabethan English on a standardized test doesn't have room to complain. Speaking as someone who occasionally wades through trackless swamps of undergraduate prose, 'earnest, long-winded, and predictable' sounds like something to strive for.

But I'm biased. The College Board is going to hire thousands of part-time readers to grade the essays, and I'm hoping to sop up some of that gravy.


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