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Zugzwang, you know?... (29.25)

Sara: If the Kozlovs come on board, that means Grigor has more capital here than the rest of the investors combined.

Taylor: Gives him too much power.

Sara: He may have already gotten us into a position from which there is no escape, only defeat. Zugzwang, you know?

Taylor: It's what I almost named the firm. In hopes that it would inspire us to get the other fella in that position.

Zugzwang (German for "compulsion to move") is a situation found in chess and other games wherein one player is put at a disadvantage because they must make a move when they would prefer to pass and not move. The fact that the player is compelled to move means that their position will become significantly weaker. A player is said to be "in zugzwang" when any possible move will worsen their position. The term is also used in combinatorial game theory, where it means that it directly changes the outcome of the game from a win to a loss, but the term is used less precisely in games such as chess. Putting the opponent in zugzwang is a common way to help the superior side win a game, and in some cases, it is necessary in order to make the win possible.