Zugzwang meaning

tso͝oktsväng
A situation in a chess game in which a player is forced to make an undesirable or disadvantageous move.
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(chess) A situation in which a player is forced to make a move.
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In figurative uses.
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Origin of zugzwang

  • German Zugzwang Zug pull, move (from Middle High German zuc pull) (from Old High German) (from ziohan to pull deuk- in Indo-European roots) Zwang compulsion (from Middle High German twanc) (from Old High German)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From German Zugzwang, from Zug (“move") + Zwang (“compulsion").

    From Wiktionary