In chess a zwischenzug is an unexpected move inserted into a seemingly forced sequence. Zwischenzug is a newsletter about chess, using insights from chess training, machine learning, and data science to shed light on learning, thinking, and chess improvement. It comes out twice a month.
As a kid I was one of the top chess players for my age in the United States. After getting a degree in English I played poker for a living for seven years, during which I didn’t play much chess. Since transitioning to data science a few years ago, I’ve been competing in chess tournaments again. Before the pandemic hit, I won a state championship in Massachusetts and got my rating over 2400. I’ve always been interested in chess as a way of examining our minds and thought processes.