Zugzwang

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Zug (move) +‎ Zwang (compulsion)

Noun[edit]

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Zugzwang m (no plural)

  1. A situation where somebody is forced to act, but would prefer to remain passive. This is most common when a politician does not want to touch some controversial issue, but his/her political opponents work to create a situation where he/she must act.
  2. (chess) zugzwang occurs when one player is put at a disadvantage because he/she has to make a move.

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