History is a slaughter bench, upon which the happiness of nations, the wisdom of states, and the virtues of individuals are sacrificed

 

-Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel “Paraphrased”

Ersatz

Ersatz

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.