Definition of "zugzwang" [zugzwang]

  • A situation in a chess game in which a player is forced to make an undesirable or disadvantageous move. (noun)

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Use "zugzwang" in a sentence
  • "The political analyst Nikolai Petrov has described Mr. Putin's predicament using the chess term "zugzwang," in which a player sees only moves that will damage his position, and yet does not have the option of passing."
  • ""zugzwang" chess position, Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon said in his weekly letter on Friday."
  • "To achieve it, black has to use the zugzwang, forcing the rook or the king out of their best defensive set-up."