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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Saturday, February 14, 2004


Grocery strike news rundown

The LA Times reports that negotiations will continue through the weekend. Since meetings have been sporadic for the last several months, four consecutive days of talks represents a dramatic shift in the pattern. Add the fact that it's a holiday weekend, and it looks like this may be about over.

There are other signs that the chains want to get the current strike settled before labor disputes erupt elsewhere.

Contracts for 5000 workers at Kroger owned Food-4-Less stores in Southern California were set to expire at the end of February. Kroger agreed yesterday to extend the contract through April. [story]

Safeway has employees working under expired contracts in Arizona and Chicago. In addition, contracts will soon expire in San Franciso, Sacramento, Seatle, and Baltimore. The dispute in Baltimore is already heating up. At a protest yesterday the head of the local AFL-CIO was arrested when he attempted to make a purchase using only pennies. [story]

An article in The Street had this illuminating bit:
"In the next month, it's critical for Safeway to end this [strike] ," said Lou Mellet, a grocery analyst with retail consultancy Strategic Resource Group. "It could really mess up the company for the foreseeable future if they don't get it resolved now."

On a conference call with investors and analysts Thursday, Safeway CEO Steven Burd sought to downplay such concerns. Labor issues differ from market to market, Burd said. Just because Safeway workers are on strike in Southern California, doesn't mean that workers in other areas will follow suit, he argued. "I don't think the dots connect in exactly that way."

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