an in-between move

Cool kids read The Bellman.


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|

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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 21, 2004


The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog

Don't miss Tom Vanderbilt's great article about fonts. The news that made it possible for the article to be written is the State Department's recent decision to switch from Courier New 12 to Times New Roman 14 for official documents. But the interest of the article comes from the attention it draws to the aesthetic qualities of typefaces.

I'm a Times New Roman man myself, so I can't say that I regret the passing of Courier.

As far as I'm concerned, the only merit of Courier is monospacing. That used to matter a lot back in the early days of word processing when I was a young geek putting together a chess club 'zine complete with tabulated tournament results. Courier was de rigueur.

But it always seemed like an ugly font to me. So the ad copy Vanderbilt quotes as saying that
With its "modern, progressive look," Courier exemplified the "trend toward the long, low and extended in an age of ranch houses and stretched-out cars"
strikes me as disingenuous.

Something about the monospacing makes Courier looks simultaneously modern and archaic. Modern because the regularity is evocative of industrial conformity. Archaic because measures haven't been taken to hide the conformity from the viewer.

In the end, I suppose it comes down to readability. Other things being equal, I prefer a font to have serif's. If I can't have Times New Roman, I'll take Palatino, or even Georgia. But those fonts just aren't as readable in electronic form. So if you're posting something on the web those fonts don't work. You're left with fonts like Trebuchet, Chicago, Arial, and (shudder) Helvetica.

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