Thursday, July 7, 2011

"Zing 'em With Zugzwang"

A classic column from my favorite Nixon Administration speechwriter explains zugzwang to non-chessplayers by quoting GM Arthur Bisguier: ''When standing in a traffic island, with cars going in both directions, one is most assuredly in Zugzwang.''

Hat tip to former USCF Executive Director / Facebook friend Al Lawrence.

Also: Zugzwang  does not rhyme with "bug thang."   But in standard English usage (contra Safire), use the lower case.

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