Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday July 19, 2011
A situation in which a player is limited to moves that have a damaging effect.
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
Zugzwang combines two German words, zug, "move," and zwang, "constraint."