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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

zugzwang

\TSOOK-tsvahng\ , noun;
1.
A situation in which a player is limited to moves that have a damaging effect.
Quotes:
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:
Zugzwang combines two German words, zug, "move," and zwang, "constraint."
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