This game is being played under Suicide Chess rules. Click the 'info' tab for more information.1. e3
Clock started on 7/19/20041... c5 2. Ba6 Nxa6 3. Qg4 c4 4. Qxd7 Kxd7 5. d3 cxd3 6. cxd3 Nc7 7. Kf1 Nd5 8. Ke1 Nxe3 9. fxe3 Qb6 10. d4 Qxb2 11. Bxb2 e5 12. dxe5 Bd6 13. exd6 Kxd6 14. Bxg7 h5 15. Bxh8 Nf6 16. Bxf6 h4 17. Bxh4 f6 18. Bxf6 Bh3 19. gxh3 Rd8 20. Bxd8 a5 21. Bxa5 b6 22. Bxb6 Kc7 23. Bxc7
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)