zwischenzug (ZVI-shen-tsoog) — noun

A chess tactic in which a player, instead of playing the expected move, first interpolates another move, changing the situation to the player's advantage (such as gaining material or avoiding what would otherwise be a strong continuation for the opponent).

Me and Games

I love boardgames, having a good number (which my niece describes as obsessive): my favorite of which is chess. That love has lead me to be the school chess teacher at our grade school, and to start this blog.

I am not an expert at games. I have always loved games, though I had not played regularly in years. I got back into the hobby at the end of 2007. There are those who know far more than me. I hope that my lack of expertise means I can provide information for those who want to play more casually, or are just getting into the hobby.

The first games I remember playing regularly was Monopoly - solo. I played solo Monopoly by pitting different strategies against each other, until I was a pretty good player. My sister and brother are several years older, and I really couldn’t get them to play much of anything. (My brother – 15 years older – stopped playing chess with me when I started beating him regularly.) My dad would play Yahtzee with me, but I am pretty sure that it was because I had to work my math skills.

My seventh grade teacher introduced me to hex based wargames, and a friend of mine and I split a subscription to Strategy & Tactics magazine. I ended up with a couple of games out of it, Napoleon’s Art of War: Eylau and Dresden and Berlin ’85: The Enemy at the Gates, but never could get anyone to play. This is also about the time my chess “habit” started.

I played a lot of D&D in college (1982-1987) while at the University of Dayton using the Rolemaster system. Friends from home and I got together twice a month and played one of three milieus we had going, one of which was mine. None of us had a lot of time for GM’ing, so we took turns. A lot of nights we ended up playing in an adventure that went like this, “We walk into the bar and I insult the bouncer – brawl ensues.” And off we went.

Played a lot of chess once out of college, mainly by mail, but ran out of time for ongoing games. In February 2009 I started our school’s chess club. It is going well with eight regular attendees. We are covering various topics, trying to improve their game.

I have a monthly board gaming group that will  celebrate it's third anniversary in September 2011.  We have had as few as three players at the beginning and as many as twelve recently; it is going strong.  Favorite games for the group include Carcassonne and Acquire.

My game collection can be viewed at my profile on BoardGameGeek.  I can be reached there or by email.  Drop me a line; I would enjoy hearing about others’ experiences with chess clubs and games!  Or contact me through (username feldmafx) and we can play a game of chess!