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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. e4 d6
Clock started on 9/25/2018
2. Qg4 Bxg4 3. Be2 Bxe2 4. Nxe2 Kd7 5. Nf4 Ke6 6. Nxe6 fxe6 7. d3 Nh6 8. Bxh6 gxh6 9. Nd2 Qd7 10. h4 e5 11. g3 Qh3 12. Rxh3 d5 13. exd5 e6 14. dxe6 Nd7 15. exd7 Re8 16. dxe8=N Rg8 17. Nxc7 Rxg3 18. Rxg3 Ba3 19. bxa3 b5 20. Nxb5 e4 21. Nxa7 exd3 22. cxd3 h5 23. Rg6 hxg6 24. Ke2 g5 25. hxg5 h4 26. Rg1 h3 27. Rg2 hxg2 28. f4 g1=R 29. f5 Rxg5 30. Nf3 Rxf5 31. Kd1 Rxf3 32. Ke1 Rxd3 33. Kf1 Rxa3 34. Ke1 Rxa2 35. Kd1 Rxa7 36. Kc1 Ra2 37. Kc2 Rxc2
White win

 

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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