XXXI Monthly Variant (Chicken)

'Standard' (30 days + 1 day/move, max 45 days)
This game is being played under Chicken Chess rules. Click the 'info' tab for more information.
1. g3 b6
Clock started on 6/30/2009
2. b3 g6 3. Bh3 Kxd7 4. Bxd7 Nxd7 5. Bxd7 Qxd7 6. Nxd2 Qxd2 7. Rxc1 Kxf2 8. Rxg1 Kxg1 9. Qxg1 axb6 10. Qxb6 fxg6 11. Qxg6 Rxa2 12. Nxe7 Qxc1 13. Qxc2 Rxh7 14. Qxh7 Bxe7 15. Qxe7
Black win


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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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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".
  4. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Hide Comments: this tab shows the moves of the game only, without the distraction of the comments shown on the game overview tab.
  3. 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".
  4. 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.
  5. Variant Information: this tab is available for some chess variants, it will show you a description of the variant.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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:

  • Settings: This button will bring up your chess board and pieces display settings.
  • Download Game: This button will allow you to download the game in PGN format.
  • Copy Position: This button will copy the position to your clipboard.
  • Move to 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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