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Zugzwang

Postby Slava » Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:59 pm

A wonderful German word from the chess world. Just over 100 years old, but quite resonant. Essentially it's a no-win situation, perfectly suitable to much of politics these days. It boils down to "Damned if you do, and damned if you don't", or "Damned no matter what you do".
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Re: Zugzwang

Postby Philip Hudson » Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:27 am

From the German roots i immediately thought of a use for this word. Then I thought bettter of it. A literal rendering is, "You are required to pull."
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Re: Zugzwang

Postby Dr. Goodword » Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:29 am

I don't think enough of our readers play chess. I think this word is too technical for a GW, though I could do a nice Word History on it.

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