A situation in which the obligation to make a move in one’s turn is a serious, often decisive, disadvantage: black is in zugzwang
More example sentences
- This touches on zugzwang, stalemate, fortresses, attack on the king, and some other absurd examples.
- As Beim explains, with accurate play, there is no way to put Black into zugzwang.
- One very impressive set of pages in the back of the book is a complete table of computer database results for pawnless endings where not only the general result is given, but also the longest win and longest reciprocal zugzwang.
early 20th century: from German Zug 'move' + Zwang 'compulsion'.
Definition of zugzwang in:
- The British & World English dictionary