zugzwang

noun zug·zwang \ ˈtsükˌtsfäŋ \

Definition of zugzwang

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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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