[ tsook-tsvahng ]
/ ˈtsukˌtsvɑŋ /
a situation in which a player is limited to moves that cost pieces or have a damaging positional effect.
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Origin of zugzwang
First recorded in 1900–05; from German, equivalent to Zug “move, pull” + Zwang “constraint, obligation”
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Example sentences from the Web for zugzwang
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|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for zugzwang
/ (German ˈtsuːktsvaŋ) chess /
a position in which one player can move only with loss or severe disadvantage
(tr) to manoeuvre (one's opponent) into a zugzwang
Word Origin for zugzwang
from German, from Zug a pull, tug + Zwang force, compulsion
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