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The Immortal Zugzwang

The Immortal Zugzwang

Feb 20, 2016, 11:45 PM 5

In chess and life, you cannot skip a turn if you can’t find a good move. If every choice is a mistake, you’re at a grave disadvantage. Although the origin of the term “Zugzwang” is still debated, its meaning is clear. It is the situation where you are obliged to make a move that puts you at a disadvantage, leaving you no other choices. In the history of chess, this method was famously brought from sea to dry land through the game between Friedrich Sämisch and Aron Nimzowitsch played in Copenhagen, 1923. It is regarded as the Immortal Zugzwang Game because of the way Nimzowitsch forced his opponent to resign by putting him in a rare instance of zugzwang occurring in the middlegame. Enjoy!

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