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The condition is somewhat similar to what in chess is known as "zugzwang", or colloquially as "up sh*t creek without a paddle" - the player, though he may be in a strong position, has no good move, while in a position where s/he cannot pass or farkle, and must thus move and weaken his/her position. Boris Baryshnikov managed to overcome a 43-podume deficit against Mrs Trellis this way in the crucial game of the 1983 World Championship final and thus, from an apparently lost position, won an improbable victory against her, for what was to be the only time he ever beat her in match play.

In fact, for a time after this victory, people used to refer to this situation as "baryshnikov", and indeed this was at one time accepted as the "official" name for the condition: but his first name was easier to spell and pronounce, and thus became more popularly used, and has since been adopted as the standard name purely for the sake of argument. (CAMREC, as usual, were the last to recognise this designation as "official", only accepting it in the Holland Park 2000 ruleset.)


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