zugzwang

noun
zug·​zwang | \ ˈtsükˌtsfäŋ \
plural -s

Definition of zugzwang

: the necessity of moving in chess when it is to one's disadvantage

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History and Etymology for zugzwang

German, from zug pull, tug + zwang force, coercion, akin to Old High German ziohan to pull and dwingan to press, oppress, compel

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“Zugzwang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zugzwang. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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