A situation in a chess game in which a player is forced to make an undesirable or disadvantageous move.
Origin of zugzwangGerman Zugzwang Zug pull, move ( from Middle High German zuc pull ) ( from Old High German) ( from ziohan to pull ; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.) Zwang compulsion ( from Middle High German twanc ) ( from Old High German)
(countable and uncountable, plural zugzwangs or zugzwÃ¤nge)
Zugzwang typically refers to a situation in which a player is forced to make a disadvantageous move though he or she would prefer not to make a move.