King's Loser's Tournament

'Blitz' (5 days + 12 hours/move, max 15 days)
This game is being played under Loser's Chess rules. Click the 'info' tab for more information.
1. c3 Nc6
Clock started on 11/25/2010
2. b4 Nxb4 3. cxb4 b6 4. h3 a5 5. bxa5 bxa5 6. a4 g6 7. g4 f5 8. gxf5 gxf5 9. f4 e5 10. fxe5 Qf6 11. exf6 Nxf6 12. h4 Ba3 13. Bxa3 c5 14. Bxc5 d6 15. Bxd6 Rb8 16. Bxb8 f4 17. Bxf4 Bh3 18. Rxh3 Rg8 19. Bb8 Rxg1 20. h5 Rxf1+ 21. Kxf1 Nxh5 22. Rxh5 h6 23. Rxh6 Kd7 24. d4 Ke7 25. e4 Kd7 26. d5 Ke7 27. Rf6 Kxf6 28. Be5+ Kxe5 29. Qb3 Kxe4 30. Qb4+ Kxd5
Black win

Ever feel like winning is too much work? Then try losing! In Loser's chess you must try to get checkmated, or else lose all of your pieces! How hard is that? Try it and see.

This is less popular, but interesting, variant of Suicide.


1. Game rules

The game is played with standard chess pieces, starting from standard chess initial position. The pieces move and capture as in standard chess. Castling is allowed.

The aim of the game is being checkmated (in standard chess sense), or losing all the pieces (except the king).

The following rules are in place:

  • you are not allowed to put own king under the check,
  • if your king is under the check, you must react; if it is possible - by taking the opponent piece, if not - in any way you like,
  • if you have legal capture, you must make it; if many captures are possible, you can choose which one to make.

The rules are applied in order given above (so it is more important to escape from check, than to capture).

A draw is by agreement, not by 3-fold repetition or the 50 moves rule.

Stalemate is a win for the stalemated player.


2. Game hints

While the game shares many concepts with Suicide, it is noticeably different. Your king will remain alive and active until the very end of the game! King sacrifice is not possible, and while calculating the cleanup maneouvres one must consider any checks happening in the process.

Beware of locked up pawns, loosing them can be untrivial task.

Natural way to win is to loose all the pieces (except king), forcing mate is very difficult.


3. Example games

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