Definition of zugzwang noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

zugzwang

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈzʊɡzwɑŋ//
 
, NAmE//ˈtsuktsvɑŋ//
 
[uncountable](from German)
 
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(in chess) a situation in which a player is forced to move a piece into a bad position, especially one from which the piece will be lost
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: zugzwang