Challenge from Ursus

Suicide Chess
'Standard' (30 days + 1 day/move, max 45 days)
This game is being played under Suicide Chess rules. Click the 'info' tab for more information.
1. e3 b5
Clock started on 7/7/2011
2. Bxb5 c6 3. Bxc6 Nxc6 4. b4 Nxb4 5. a4 Nxc2 6. Qxc2 Qb6 7. Qxc8 Rxc8 8. a5 Rxc1 9. axb6 Rxe1 10. Rxa7 Rxe3 11. fxe3 e6 12. Rxd7 Kxd7 13. Ne2 Ba3 14. Nxa3 Ne7 15. b7 Rc8 16. bxc8=Q Nxc8 17. g4 h5 18. gxh5 g6 19. hxg6 fxg6 20. Rf1 Ne7 21. Ra1 Nc8 22. h4 g5 23. hxg5 e5 24. g6 Ke7 25. e4 Ke8 26. Rh1 Ke7 27. Rh3 Kf7 28. gxf7 Ne7 29. Nf4 exf4 30. Rh7 f3 31. d4 Nd5 32. exd5 f2 33. f8=K f1=K 34. d6 Kf2 35. d7 Kf3 36. d5 Kf4 37. Kf7 Kg4 38. Rh3 Kxh3 39. d6 Kg4 40. d8=R Kf4 41. d7 Kg5 42. Ke8 Kf5 43. Rc8 Ke5 44. Ra8 Ke4 45. d8=K Ke5 46. Kc8 Kf6 47. Kf7 Kxf7 48. Nb5 Kf6 49. Rb8 Kf5 50. Rb7 Kf4= 51. Kd7 Ke3 52. Na7 Kd4 53. Rb1 Kd3 54. Kc6 Ke3 55. Rb5 Kd3 56. Kd6 Ke3 57. Rc5 Kf4 58. Rg5= Kxg5 59. Nc8 Kg4=


Force opponent to capture all your pieces. The game known also as Losing Chess (do not confuse it with Losers though). Suicide has some history - it is known to be reasonably popular in 1930s in Moscow, 1950s in Germany, and many countries afterwards. In Live Chess the game is available on Lichess, gathering more and more interest there.


1. Game rules

The board is setup traditionally, the pieces move and capture as in standard chess, yet the object is to lose all of your pieces.

If either player has a legal capture they must take it. If there are many possible captures, the player is free to choose any of them.

There is no such thing as check, the King is a regular piece, in particular it can be taken. You can even promote pawns to kings. Castling is not permitted.

You win by losing all your pieces. 
Mind the special rule in case of stalemate (no legal move)! The side with less material wins (less material means smaller number of pieces, whatever their value is).


2. Game hints

The following quote from Stanislav Goldovski article (broken link?) is crucial for understanding suicide:

(...) contrary to common belief, the strategy of Losing Chess is not giving away your pieces. Instead, illogical as it may seem at first sight, achieving significant material advantage is one of the important strategic steps. Having more material gives you the possibility to 'surround' the opponent with your pieces, gradually restricting him until he runs out of safe moves (zugzwang) , and then - 'ditch' the pieces one by one. To restrict your opponent, you will not only need material advantage, but also advantage in mobility and space. (...)

Opening theory plays very important role in suicide, and can not be ignored even by beginners. To give an example: after 1.e4 black has forced win, same after 1.d4 and 1.d3. The sites linked below contain all the necessary information, so use it - and do not play the moves which immediately lose.

Some unsorted rules of the thumb:

  • keep an eye on a3, h3, a6, h6, those squares are frequently used to force the knight or the bishop out,
  • keep your king,
  • carefully plan your promotions, every kind of promotion may happen to make sense (queen promotion is least frequent)

More suggestions welcome.


3. Example games

Suicide draw - yes, draw is possible

Links to particularly valuable examples are welcome.


4. Additional info

Suicide Opening Book (so called Nilatac's Book)

Les échecs à qui perd gagne de Fabrice Liardet (very good page about suicide - in French)


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