Definition of zugzwang noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

zugzwang

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈzʌɡzwæŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈzʌɡzwæŋ//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈzuːɡzwæŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈzuːɡzwæŋ//
 
[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 Word Origin early 20th cent.: from German Zug ‘move’ + Zwang ‘compulsion’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: zugzwang