May 142012

There are many different names for suicide chess, such as losers chess, or give-away chess. However they all boil down to the same game in the end. Unlike in ordinary chess where the objective of the game is to capture your opponent’s king, suicide chess is about losing all your pieces before your opponent does.

In fact there are two key changes to standard chess rules to help you accomplish this, the first is that if you can take a piece, you must take a piece. (This makes sure that the game is played to a conclusion rather than a draw). The second is that there is no check (or checkmate) and that the King may be taken just like any other piece.

Once you understand these rules, you’re ready for your first game. In general, this form of chess isn’t taken as seriously as ordinary chess and is often played at a “blitz” pace (5-10 seconds a move). So there’s no need to get out the clocks for a quick game.

It is possible to create a draw in suicide chess but it’s more unusual, situations where for example two bishops (of opposite colour) are the final pieces on the board, are the norm. But don’t forget all the standard rules on repetitive play or agreed draws remain in place.

If you find you like this variant of chess you might want to spend a little time studying the strategy of the game. Sometimes it can appear extremely counter-intuitive (for example early in the game, it can be better to take more of your opponents pieces, so you can control the end game – even if this means it looks like you are losing to an observer).

Many classic openings can result in a guaranteed loss for white (if black is playing correctly) so it’s a good idea to dust off some unusual starting points to have any chance if you have to lead. 1. e3 is considered a great first move for white in suicide chess.

Related posts:

  1. The Rules of Chess
  2. Tips for Using Your Knights Effectively in Chess

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