Poultry Penta-Polyhedron

'Standard' (30 days + 1 day/move)
This game is being played under Chicken Chess rules. Click the 'info' tab for more information.
1. g3
Clock started on 1/26/2006
1... d5 2. Nh3 Bxh3 3. Kxf1 Bxf1 4. Rxf1 exf1=B 5. Qxf1 a6 6. Qxa6 Nxa6 7. Rxd8 e5 8. Kxf8 Rxg8 9. fxg8=Q c6 10. Rxd5 cxd5 11. Qxd5 Nc5 12. Qxb7 Nxb7 13. e6 Na5 14. b3 Nxb3 15. cxb3 Rxa2 16. Nxd2 Bxd2 17. b4 Bxb4 18. gxf8=K Bxf8 19. e7 Rxf2 20. exf8=R h1=N 21. Rxf2 Nxf2 22. h8=B g2 23. Be5 g1=N 24. Bc3 Ngh3 25. Bb4 Ng5 26. Bd2 Ng4 27. Bb4 Ne5 28. Ne4 Ng4= 29. Ng5 Nf6 30. Bd6 Ng8 31. Be7=


Chicken Chess was invented at lunch one day in late 2005 by the scheming minds of racy and surfnsuds. They dreamed up the idea of playing Suicide chess with Benedict characteristics. The resulting variant proved manic, fun, and hard to predict. Making that first crucial move feels a little like the old game of Chicken ("You go first" "No, you" "No, you!") Thus the name...


Game rules

The game starts from the standard chess initial position. All the pieces move as in standard chess. And:

When a piece is moved, it flips all threatened pieces (as in Benedict).

If a piece can capture an opponent's piece, it must do so (as in Suicide). After the capture, all newly threatened pieces are flipped (as in Benedict).

Winning is accomplished by losing all your pieces first (as in Suicide).

If you stalemate (no legal move) your opponent, you win if you have less material (as in Suicide), lose if you have more, and draw if the material is equal (less material means smaller number of pieces, whatever their value is).

En Passant is legal (as in Suicide). Castling is legal, and may be done anytime the intervening squares are unoccupied (as in Benedict). Note that when castling, only the King is considered to have moved and hence to attack adjacent squares. The Rook does not attack as a result of a castle. Pawns may promote to any piece, including king (as in Suicide). Promoted pawns flip opposing pieces in the move that the promotion takes place (as in Benedict).


Game hints

Never forget the pieces flipping colour rule, and make sure when planning moves you know exactly how many pieces you are causing to flip colour, missing pieces that do flip can cause a well planned line to be ruined!

Strategy is similar to Suicide, but with many extra techniques. Sometimes flipping opposing pieces to your colour can have benefits for you. (I'll leave you to work out how!)

The final very small tip, but often helps win games, do not forget en passent is still legal, this has many benefits in endgames involving pawns!


Example games

Single pawn story - white remains with only one little pawn, but is neverthless losing the game

Aggression from the start - entertaining opening play

Confusing draw - black had only one knight against huge white army (also a lot of interesting promotion cases).

How to lose all your pieces in just 8 moves - nice miniature

Nice turnabout - Half way in, black's down to just one pawn but loses anyway

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