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zugzwang

[tsook-tsvahng] /ˈtsukˌtsvɑŋ/
noun, Chess.
1.
a situation in which a player is limited to moves that cost pieces or have a damaging positional effect.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; < German, equivalent to Zug move + Zwang constraint, obligation
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zugzwang

/German ˈtsuːktsvaŋ/
noun
1.
a position in which one player can move only with loss or severe disadvantage
verb
2.
(transitive) to manoeuvre (one's opponent) into a zugzwang
Word Origin
from German, from Zug a pull, tug + Zwang force, compulsion
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