a situation in which a player is limited to moves that cost pieces or have a damaging positional effect.
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How to use zugzwang in a sentence
The Belarusian opposition is trapped in a zugzwang: personal casualties are the cost of their political progress.Forget Kim Jong Un—China’s New Favorite Dictator Is Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko. | Kapil Komireddi | January 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for zugzwang
a position in which one player can move only with loss or severe disadvantage
(tr) to manoeuvre (one's opponent) into a zugzwang
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