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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some blogs I read

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This Modern World
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some other links

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Orsinal: Morning Sunshine
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
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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
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Normativity and morality
Political intuitions
What it is, what it was, and what it shall be
Objectivity and morality
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ad hominem

Monday, March 15, 2004


Democracy NOW! (okay, tomorrow)

I don't know about you, but I'm excited about tomorrow's Illinois Democratic primary. Got my slate all scoped out, right down to the convention delegates. If you'd like to see a copy of the ballot for yourself, you can visit the office of the Champaign County Clerk.

I went to a Kucinich event this evening. To my great surprise, over 1000 people showed up. How can a guy whose candidacy is, well, hopeless put that many butts in seats? It's not like the media has been all Kucinich all the time or anything. Something is going on out there.

Kucinich convinced me that he was a serious candidate when he was the first speaker of the evening to figure out how to work the microphone without deafening the audience with feedback. Here's a tip for all the political candidates out there: the trick is to turn off all but one of the mics.

The message is a little thick on hokey new-age spirituality, and Kucinich has an annoying tendency to lapse into pop scientific metaphors when expressing complex ideas. But even though it doesn't always work, you have to give him credit for trying to develop a new vocabulary for talking about politics.

Kucinich doesn't resort to cliches, and he doesn't talk down to his audience. There were times when, while answering a question, you could tell that he was struggling to find a different way of expressing a familiar thought. He wanted to say it differently because he wanted to make it fresh, wanted his audience to actually think about it, judge it, and do something with it other than reshelving it in the same place as before.

I'm not so sure that the presidency is ready for Kucinich, but I'll vote for him tomorrow. And I'm damn glad he's in the Congress.

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