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  1. 10 Aug '01 20:26
    CAn any one tell me exactly what this means?? what does it mean if
    your pieces are in " ZUGZWANG??"

    Slan...(bye, in Irish language!!)

  2. Donation mwmiller
    RHP Member No.16
    10 Aug '01 23:23
    I believe 'zugzwang' is a situation where it is your move, and no
    matter what you move, your position will be in worse shape than what
    it currently is. Maybe others more knowledgable will have a more clear
  3. 11 Aug '01 15:55
    You have explained it well. It is an German word, I believe it means
    forced to move.
  4. Standard member gotti2000
    The winemaker
    28 Jul '02 14:13
    Beeing Austrian, German is my native language. I think I can
    clarify "Zugzwang" (one year after the last posting :-)
    According to an online dictonary there is no direct translation and it
    seem to be a technical term for chess (
    Literally, it means 'forced to move'. I normally use it if I put my
    opponent in chess. Then he is forced to take the King out of chess
    somehow. You can use the same term if you threaten a Queen or a
    Rook with a covered pawn. Your opponent is under 'Zugzwang' and his
    next move is more predictable. Hope that helps.
  5. 28 Jul '02 14:55
    zugzwang is a fenomenon used throughout the game, but most
    obvious in end games. example: put the pieces as follows
    white Kd6, pawn c6
    black Kd8

    whoever is to move is in zugzwang.

    If whithe moves e.g. c7, Kd8 then white has either to give up the
    pawn or to move Kc6 stalemate

    if black is to move, then he has to give up opposition (Kings opposite
    with an uneven # of squares inbetween, 1 in this case) , for instance
    Kc8, c7! and now the king has to go to b6, white moves Kd7 and

    hope this clarifies

  6. 24 Sep '02 15:35
    Hi all!
    The best definition of 'Zugzwang' I found is this...
    "German for mpve compulsion. A player is said to be in 'Zugzwang'
    when ANY (my capitals, jp) move he/she makes will result in the loss
    of a piece or otherwise seriously weaken his.her position, though the
    opponent presents no concrete threat.
    I think Gilbert's example clarifies this. Jan
  7. 22 Aug '02 02:52
    All the definitions here amazingly are wrong!--though some are close.

    Zugzwang is a situation in which one would be OK if one was not
    required to move, but since the rules require you to move on your
    turn, you must make a move to the detriment of your position.

    In a way, stalemate is a kind of "zugzwang," but the rules of chess
    make this kind good if one is losing. But strictly this is not zugzwang.
  8. 06 Oct '01 20:29

    i think this is the correct definition.

    zugzwang (TSOOK-tsvahng) noun

    A position where one is forced to make an undesirable move.

    [From German Zugzwang, Zug (move) + Zwang (compulsion,

    "Now the government finds itself in zugzwang, where every move it
    worsens its position against an invisible opponent ...."
    Pusch Commey, Is the Rand Racially Prejudiced?, African Business
    Mar 2001.