2006 Chess Variants Tournament, Round 2

'Fast' (10 days + 1 day/move)
This game is being played under Suicide Chess rules. Click the 'info' tab for more information.
1. e3
Clock started on 3/23/2006
1... b5 2. Bxb5 Ba6 3. Bxd7 Nxd7 4. d3 Bxd3 5. Qxd3 g6 6. Qxg6 fxg6 7. c4 Nb8 8. Kd1 Qxd1 9. Nc3 Qxg1 10. Rxg1 g5 11. c5 Kd7 12. a4 Nh6 13. h3 Nf7 14. a5 Nd6 15. cxd6 exd6 16. Ra3 Ke7 17. Rb3 Nd7 18. Nb5 Rd8 19. Nxd6 cxd6 20. g4 Kf6 21. Ra3 Kf5 22. gxf5 d5 23. Rxg5 Bxa3 24. bxa3 d4 25. exd4 Nc5 26. dxc5 Rd2 27. Bxd2 Rg8 28. Rxg8 h6 29. Bxh6 a6 30. c6
Black 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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