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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Definitions for zugzwang

  1. A situation in which a player is limited to moves that have a damaging effect.

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Citations for zugzwang
Oh, he understands his position: he is in trouble, he is faced with the zugzwang to end all zugzwangs. Doug Dorst, The Surf Guru
Party rulers in China are trapped in a position that chess players deeply fear - zugzwang - where any move made puts you at disadvantage. Vitaliy Katsenelson, "How China Will Crash And Burn," Forbes, July, 2011
Origin of zugzwang
Zugzwang combines two German words, zug, "move," and zwang, "constraint."