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noun Chess.
  1. 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

1900–05; < German, equivalent to Zug move + Zwang constraint, obligation
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  1. a position in which one player can move only with loss or severe disadvantage
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  1. (tr) to manoeuvre (one's opponent) into a zugzwang
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Word Origin for zugzwang

from German, from Zug a pull, tug + Zwang force, compulsion
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