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Zugzwang dangers

achja
Dec 16, 2015, 4:24 AM 0

When one learns a bit about positional chess, especially when looking at games from former world champion Tigran Petrosian, then one probably will start to enjoy the topic of zugzwang in chess.

Getting such a position that the opponent can only make bad moves because there are no other options.

In this game I thought I had a zugzwang position, and during several moves it seemingly looked like that, until my opponent realized that a pawn needed to be sac-ed in order to continue.

In the end I was lucky to silently win on time in mutual time trouble.

Disclaimer : this game contains various mistakes by both players. Do not try this at home ! Innocent

Here a 2nd game with zugzwang elements. I was searching for a winning plan, and the zugzwang idea was in the air, making me want to play for a beautiful win, but resulted in a bit of sloppy play. Eventually I did win with checkmate.
Read more about zugzwang :

 

 

Zugzwang - Chess.com

Zugzwang - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Game Collection: Zugzwang! - Chessgames.com

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