Invented by R. Wayne Schmittberger and added here with his permission. You win by eliminating any one type of your opponent's pieces. Both bishops, for example.
1. Game rules
The game starts from the standard chess setup, and all the pieces move as in standard chess.
The game ends once one of the players eliminates any type of the opponent's pieces. Thus, a player who loses either his King, his Queen, his two Rooks, his two Bishops, his two Knights, or his eight Pawns, loses the game (barring a promotion).
Check and checkmate do not apply. Pawns may promote to any other type of piece, including Kings. When a Pawn promotes to some type of piece, this piece is also counted among the pieces of the type; e.g., when a Pawn promotes to a Queen, and the other Queen is captured, then the Queens are not considered to be extinct, i.e., the game continues. If a player promotes his last Pawn, he loses (as his Pawns are now extinct), unless he wins by extinction on that very move.
Since there is no check, castling under or through check is allowed.
2. Hints, tips, tricks
If you take your opponent's last piece of one kind, you immediately win, even if your piece could be recaptured on the very next move. So, what would be a usual queen exchange in standard chess, is a win here.
It is worth repeating: there is no check. If you attack the opponent's king, but he can capture your queen (or your last knight, or...), he will do that and win the game.
Especially in closed positions, it can be a good idea to sacrifice a rook for a minor piece if the opportunity arises. The opponent's remaining minor piece can then be hunted, while your second rook is not too likely to be troubled.
As there is no check, many tactical patterns from standard chess do not apply here. Beware! For example, in this game White expected to win the queen, but lost his own instead. Also, there is no absolute pin here.
More suggestions welcome
3. Example games
Commented Game published in the journal
Example game where both players have several pawns, but only ONE piece of each type (King, Queen, Rook, Bishop, and Knight). A different strategy must be used, since capture of any piece (except for pawns) ends the game.
Dense tactical struggle - notice many non-chess-like moves (like lack of recapture or piece being given up) related to different threats both players make
Straight for the bishop - after black gives up one of his bishops, white goes straight for the other one (note: if 10... Bxb7 then 11.Ba6)
Game Page Help
The Action Bar
The Action Bar is the most important part of the game screen, this is where you interact with the game by entering moves, conditional moves, comments, draw offers, resignations, and much more (if you are not viewing one of your own games, the Action Bar is not shown). The Action Bar is in four parts, from left to right:
- The Move Input Box: where your move or conditional move is shown; it is possible to type into this box, but not recommended, you can enter your move by dragging and dropping the pieces on the board.
- The Action Selection Dropdown: this is where you select the action you want to do, for example, move, enter a comment, accept a draw offer, claim a draw, etc. Only the actions which are relevant to the current game are shown.
- The Continue Button: this button sends your action back to our server; sometimes you might see a pop-up text box before the action is sent, this is so that you can write a message to your opponent. You can set your preferences so that this box is always shown to confirm you move (under the "Chess Board" tab "Confirm moves before committing), some people find this helpful as a "blunder check".
- The Next Game button: clicking the button will take you to the next game for which it is your move.
The Game Information Panel
Under the Action Bar, you should find the Game Information Panel. This gives you more information about the game; because there is too much information to see on one screen here, it is arranged into "tab"; you can move between the various screens by clicking the buttons, from left to right:
- Game Overview: this tab shows the full history of the game, including comments (you cannot read the comments from another player's game, unless the game is marked as "public"), leave taken, etc. You can click the moves to see the position on the chess board.
- Hide Comments: this tab shows the moves of the game only, without the distraction of the comments shown on the game overview tab.
- Material Balance: this tab shows the captured pieces in the game. If you are playing CrazyHouse chess, or a similar game, you can drag pieces from here to the board to make a "drop".
- Tags: You can "tag" games, this makes it easier to come back to games, you can find the games you have tagged from the game database screen.
- Variant Information: this tab is available for some chess variants, it will show you a description of the variant.
- Opening Information: In standard chess games, this tab will show you information about the chess opening you have been playing, taken from the Game Explorer.
- Analysis Board: Opening this tab will overlay an "analysis board" on the main chess board; you can move the pieces around freely on this board to try out various ideas in the game.
- Engine Analysis: This tab allows you to analyse the game using a chess engine; because the use of engines is not allowed on SchemingMind, this tab is not available for ongoing games.
- Help: If you are reading this, you have already figured out what the help button does!
The Chess Board
The chess board shows the current position in your game; if it is your move, or if you can enter a conditional move, you can drag and drop the pieces on the chess board.
If you wish to castle, simply drag your king over the rook on the side you wish to castle on. When you promote a pawn, you will see a pop-up prompting you to select the promoted piece.
We have a number of different designs for chess boards and pieces, you can select the one you prefer from your personal preferences.
Under the chess board is a navigation toolbar (this toolbar looks slightly different if you are looking at the analysis board).
From left to right:
- Download Game: This button will allow you to download the game in PGN format.
- Move to the Start: This button will show the start position of the game.
- Previous Move: This button will move position shown on the board back one move.
- Next Move: This button will show the next position on the board.
- Last Move: This button will show the current position on the board.
- Flip: This button will show the board from the other player's perspective (by default you see games from White's perspective unless you are Black; you can select an option to always show the board from White's perspective in your personal preferences).
- Animate: If you are not looking at the last move in the game, this button will animate the game from the shown position to the last move.
- Stop Animation: This button will stop the animation.
- Analysis Board: This button will show the Analysis Board (see above).
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