When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.

 

Thomas Sowell

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.