Many chess players feel compelled to immediately recapture a capturing piece. In the below picture of a chess position from a game played at the Internet Chess Club (ICC), White’s Bishop just captured the Black Knight at f6. Black, not under the spell of immediately recapturing the Bishop, played Rxe1. (Rook takes Rook)
White then plays the zwischenzug , aka intermezzo , Bxg7 check tactic which wins a pawn after the King takes the White Bishop. After this forced recapture, White collects the Black Rook at e1 with a winning position.
The rich vernacular of Chess borrows intermezzo from music where the term is used to describe a piece or composition that in between/intermediate two other performances. The German zwischenzug ( between move ) is , perhaps , a more common synonymous usage.