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Questions tagged [zugzwang]

Zugzwang is a German term, literally meaning "compulsion to move," which refers in chess to a situation in which any move by the side whose turn it is leads to ruin, but the player would be saved if only it were legal to "pass."

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Helpful Zugzwang?

Are there positions where a zugzwang helps the zugzwang'ed player? For instance, white forces black to make a move that gives black an advantage. Is that possible?
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Is this selfmate solvable or fixable?

This is a kind of a repost of a fascinating chess problem that appeared yesterday. The original poster got shy or something, and bafflingly deleted his own post, which was beginning to attract some ...
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Are there any chess 960 positions where black has the advantage?

I've heard it said that some chess 960 positions have a significant advantage for white, usually involving fast attacks against undefended pawns. However, since zugzwang positions do exist, it's ...
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Midgame zugzwang?

I'm aware that sometimes in the endgame, one player is able to create a fortress and is fine with just shuffling their pieces to a draw. However, in the midgame, with nearly all the pieces still on ...
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Identifying corresponding squares

6k1/p7/3K2p1/1P5p/7P/8/8/8 w - - 0 1 White to move. Dvoretsky notes that the correspondence between the 'f7, e5' squares is less evident. Originally, I thought that g7 and e6 were corresponding (and ...
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Symmetric zugzwang positions?

Although very unlikely, the starting position could be a forced win for black. This would mean it is a position of mutual zugzwang, in the strong sense that whoever moves first loses. Wikipedia (Link) ...
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Why can't knights lose tempo?

From Wikipedia: Kings, queens, bishops, and rooks can lose a tempo; a knight cannot (Müller & Pajeken 2008:40,175,189). Is there truth to this? Examples please. My context is towards developing ...
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Full board with full point mutual zugzwang

Is there a position with all pieces on board such that the side to move loses ? Is there a position with all pieces on board such that the side to move is checkmated in 1 ? [FEN " "] 1. Nc3 Nf6 ...
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Where can I find a list of mutual zugzwangs from Queen vs Rook?

Is there a list of mzugs from KQKR?
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How can I identify Zugzwang opportunities?

How can I identify Zugzwang opportunities, not only for myself, but for my opponent. Often times, I run into Zugzwang, whether it is for my benefit or not, by accident. Is this just a matter of ...
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What are some chess games that feature Zugzwang despite many pieces remaining on the board?

The game Saemisch - Nimzowitsch (Copenhagen 1923) has come to be known as the Immortal Zugzwang Game, as a play on Anderssen's swashbuckling Immortal Game. I am interested in finding other examples of ...
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What are the origins of the words 'zwischenzug' and 'zugzwang'?

I've heard chess analysts use the words Zugzwang (being forced to make a bad move) and Zwischenzug (making an intermediate move which improves the outcome of the next move) in commentary. Does anyone ...