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 1 Dec. 2023.
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