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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
1900-1905
Zugzwang combines two German words, zug, "move," and zwang, "constraint."