- a situation in which a player is limited to moves that cost pieces or have a damaging positional effect.
Origin of zugzwang
1900–05; < German, equivalent to Zug move + Zwang constraint, obligation
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Examples 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.
January 28, 2014
- a position in which one player can move only with loss or severe disadvantage
- (tr) to manoeuvre (one's opponent) into a zugzwang
from German, from Zug a pull, tug + Zwang force, compulsion