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Zwischenzug

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The German word zwischenzug means 'in-between move', and it is a common tactic that occurs in almost every game of chess! It is also known as an `intermezzo`.

Picture your opponent making a move that directly threatens one of your pieces: instead of responding directly to the threat, you make another even more forcing move, like a check or mate threat.  

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  • 6 years ago · Quote · #1

    burntchips

    Do not assume that the opponent has to counter your threats immediately, no matter how great they may appear in your eyes.

    Is an exception a check?

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #2

    mdnssmstr7777

    lol and we can surprise our friends with our awesome chess volcabulary!

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #3

    Arv123

    0 reads?

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #4

    me_guy

    interesting strategy. can you use this move to force a checkmate?

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #5

    Runner810

    great article! 

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #6

    grantchamp

    No because you can do the "correct" move instead of doing the obvious. There is no exception for zwichenzug.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #7

    Toblerone2010

    even if you don't gain a tangible advantage, Zwichenzug makes you look good! Wink

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #8

    Dramaticpiece

    pronunciation?

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #9

    dahchessmaster

    a nice play...usually leads to mate if ask me..

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #10

    Chessking47

    This is just so weird.

    1. You seem like a genius when you say, "I won by an unforeseen zwischenzug."

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #11

    BlessedStar

    this is also known as desparado

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #12

    mfalco1497

    pronounciation = tsvishen-tsoog

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #13

    mcbthefirst

    I dropped in to a local chess club one day and played against one of their more seasoned players.  This guy had a habit of moving his Queen into the center of the board at some point in the middlegame.  I set up a series of moves that sprung a surprise attack at his Queen, while simultaneously threatening mate in 1, using different routes along the board so that he could not block both at once.  He protected his Queen and lost the game.  I did this three games in a row.  Now years later I'm discovering it's called Zwischenzug.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #14

    MargaritaShoykhet

    If a player can react with a  zwischenzug, the instigating move was not the best.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #15

    Skyplayer

    0 reads? wow!

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #16

    durick

    Hey guys, this is an example of a zwischenzug, this is still a game in progress, but I played two zwischenzugs in the game, and it has my opponent in a huge disadvantage right now.

     



  • 3 months ago · Quote · #17

    Masterthemindz

    coooool

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #18

    ANIKETGOKHALE

    Good information

    I knew about the "in between move" but i did not knew it had a term or name ! 

    i think both Anand and Carlsen missed "in between move" in one of their world championship game i read somewhere....

  • 11 days ago · Quote · #19

    NMYeahMan

  • 10 days ago · Quote · #20

    brainiac12358

    0 views, yet 22 comments. Suspicious much?

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