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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Direct Action
Gets the Goods!


some folks I know

Mark Dilley
a daily dose of architecture
Safety Neal
January Girl
mimi jingcha
Hop, Skip, Jump
ambivalent imbroglio
Brooke & Lian


some blogs I read

strip mining for whimsy
It's Matt's World
School of Blog
Fall of the State
Dru Blood
Echidne of the Snakes
Colossal Waste of Bandwidth
Running from the Thought Police
Bionic Octopus


some philosoblogs

Fake Barn Country
Freiheit und Wissen


some labor blogs

Confined Space
Working Life
Dispatches From the Trenches
Labor Blog
Eric Lee


some A-list blogs

This Modern World
Matthew Yglesias
Andrew Sullivan
Political Animal
The Volokh Conspiracy


some other links

Rule 33
This Week in Chess
War Nerd
National Priorities Project
Bible Gateway
Internet Archive
A Weekly Dose of Architecture
Orsinal: Morning Sunshine
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Safety Sign Builder
Get Your War On


some philosoblogging

Six views about reasons
Seidman on reflection and rationality
And another thing
Tiffany's argument for strong internalism
Internalism v. Externalism
What do internalists believe anyway?
Rationalism and internalism
The experimental method in philosophy
Advertising to children
On moral skepticism
A linguistic argument
More on Williams
Williams on reasons
General and particular
Normativity and morality
Political intuitions
What it is, what it was, and what it shall be
Objectivity and morality
Thinking revolution
Abortion and coercion
Moore on torture
On the phenomenology of deliberation
Even more Deliberation Day
more Deliberation Day
Deliberation Day run-down
He made a porch for the throne where he might judge, cont.
He made a porch for the throne where he might judge
Every shepherd is an abomination
Droppin' H-bombs
ad hominem

Monday, February 09, 2004


News from the front

The San Diego Union-Tribune published this analysis piece on the California grocery strike in today's business section. The headline reads, "Union didn't grasp grocers' resolve, analysts say," and that's pretty much the thesis of the article.

The money quote comes from Kent Wong, director of UCLA's Center for Labor Research and Education. He says, "The union in this instance underestimated the commitment on the part of the supermarkets to drastically alter the labor relations scenario. It was taken by surprise by just how fierce and how willing the chains were to risk hundreds of millions of dollars in profits, and their reputations, to bust the union and drastically drive down labor costs."

But what did the union do wrong? As the reporters note in their lead, "By traditional measures, the Southern California grocery strike would seem to be going well for the United Food and Commercial Workers union. Most customers have honored picket lines, strikers have held fast, and the union has inflicted financial damage on the three supermarket chains – Albertsons, Safeway-owned Vons and Kroger's Ralphs, which have lost combined sales of $1 billion because of the fight."

The union's failure lies, apparently, in not realizing that the supermarkets would hold out this long. But suppose the UFCW had known that the supermarket chains were in for the long haul. What could they have done differently? They could have agreed to give up their health insurance and to institute a wage ceiling for new workers. That is, they could have agreed to join the working poor.

It isn't over yet, and the UFCW may bring the compainies to their knees. But if they don't, and if the chains succeed in busting the union, that doesn't mean the workers were wrong to go on strike. Sometimes losing is better than not fighting.


Don't want the UFCW to be broken? Worried that the three grocery chains are setting a dangerous precedent by colluding in an effort to take health benefits from their workers? Do something about it!

Donate to the Strike Fund.

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