zugzwang - definition and synonyms

noun
  1.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    in a game such as chess, a player is in zugzwang when it is their turn to move and whatever move they make will leave them in a weaker position

    The Spanish debt-drama shows that Europe is in Zugzwang - a situation in chess when there is no useful move - every possible move will make the situation worse

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 05/05/2012