Russia’s fatal “Zugzwang”

The German word "Zugzwang" comes from the words "Zug", which means “move”, and "Zwang", which means “compulsion”. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine today appears to be wholly influenced by such an irrational "compulsion to move". Much like the chess term, Moscow is now pursuing a move that will only worsen its position and harm itself.

February 24, 2023 - Alex Gordon