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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Wednesday, June 01, 2005


A practical ethical dilemma

While watching Bullitt[1] the other day, a friend of mine bet me a lottery ticket[2] that Norman Fell, the actor playing the role of Captain Baker in the movie, had also played Mr. Furley, the landlord on Three's Company. It turns out that Fell did play a landlord on Three's Company, but didn't play Mr. Furley.[3] Instead, Fell played Stanley Roper, the landlord in the first two seasons, then moved on to play the same role in an ill-fated spin off. Who won the bet?

1 I can't decide whether Bullitt is a good movie. I mean, I know it's cool and if I were the sort of person who wanted a car I'd want Steve McQueen's Mustang, but I don't know how to evaluate the film as, you know, art. The whole last half hour seems tacked on to me, as if the filmmakers finished up with the first set of crooks without managing to work in the big airport shoot out scene that they'd budgeted for, and I had a whole lot of trouble caring. On the other hand, right near the beginning of the final sequence of scenes Cathy, Jaqueline Bisset's character, confronts McQueen's Frank Bullitt saying that she doesn't think she really knows him because nothing ever touches him and how can you really know someone who's never touched by anything, so maybe the idea is to create some kind of empathy by alienating the viewer from the film in a way analagous to Bullitt's alienation from his own life. Also, as bad as the last half hour was, at least it didn't feature Denzell Washington chasing John Lithgow around an oversized jungle gym.

2 Which could have been worth up to $92 million dollars had we settled up promptly, and which may now be worth as much as $106 million.

3 While I clearly remembered Ralph Furley as distinctly Don Knotts-ish in appearance, Norman Fell is more of a William Demarest type.

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