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addaword.gifdefinition of zugzwang

noun
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 09:28:00
Definition of zugzwang from the Open Dictionary – a public resource hosted by Macmillan English Dictionary Online

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