Hotch: And what did he say to you?
Reid: Zugzwang. It's a chess term. Describes a point in the chess game when a player realizes he'll inevitably be checkmated. He has to decide whether to resign, or to play through to the bitter end.


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That is such a outright mistake I am sure that the researchers didn't do their job. One viable definition I've heard in chess is "having the unfortunate obligation to move" , however one could be in zugzwang and a few moves later checkmate his opponent. Reid better sharpen up his IQ a bit.

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What a crock! How can they get something like this so wrong?? Zugzwang is a chess term -- but the definition is hardy what Reid says. Zugzwang comes from the German; "zug" is "move" and "zwang" is "to compel or to force". Zugzwang (correctly used) refers to the fact that a player is obligated to make a move; in certain situations the only moves available to a person are bad. Now, being in zugzwang is a disadvantage, but it does not mean that "he'll inevitably be checkmated. He has to decide whether to resign, or to play through to the bitter end" (It's easy to visualize a position where being in zugzwang costs a player a chance at a win and a draw ensures.) The fact that they kept spouting this error for several episodes made my skin crawl even more than the sort of grisly murders they are known for.

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Hotch: And what did he say to you?
Reid: Zugzwang. It's a chess term. Describes a point in the chess game when a player realizes he'll inevitably be checkmated. He has to decide whether to resign, or to play through to the bitter end.

You see, when men cheat it's below the belt. But when women cheat, it's above the neck.

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