How to play Atomic Chess

Learn the rules to the Chess variant: Atomic Chess quickly and concisely – This video has no distractions, just the rules. For a refresher of the original Chess rules, check out this video:

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The object of the game is to checkmate or blow up the enemy king. Whenever a piece is captured, a 3 by 3 “explosion” one the captured space occurs. This explosion removes all pieces in its range, except for pawns, including the capturing piece. If you blow up your opponent’s king you immediately win. The ability to blow up the enemy’s king is considered the same as blocking a check or capturing the attacking piece in regular chess. A player therefore, is allowed to escape what would be a checkmate in regular chess by blowing up the enemy king.

Because the piece performing a capture is also blown up, kings are not allowed to capture. This allows situations where unprotected pieces can deliver checkmate. You are not allowed to blow up both kings simultaneously. You are allowed to move your king into check so long as your king lands on a space next to your opponent’s king. Any situation that where 1 player’s king is forever next to their opponent’s king results in a draw.

Pawns can only be removed from the board when they are directly involved in a capture. In that case, both pieces are removed as well as any others caught in the blast. For en passant [on passon] the explosion happens around the space where the capturing pawn lands.


  1. Man the modding Community is getting real creative

  2. "you cannot blow up two kings simultaneously"
    How'd you get into my head?

  3. so its chess but everyone is a suicide bomber

  4. would it not be better, to extend the rules of what constitutes a check instead of allowing a kings explosion to end the game?

  5. "Suicide is badass" – The creator of this game, probably.

  6. Ah…I see you learned the lessons of the Tennison's Gambit.

  7. My buddy and I played this but made the king a bomb defuser. So any pieces near it that it captured get defused..

  8. ケイちゃん⫽CMYK8964⫽聴覚魅了誘発機器 says:

    This should have been called Michael Bay Chess

  9. The statement said at 1:16 is wrong, you can still win if the two kings are connected. You just need to blow up a piece that is next to the opposing king while not being next to your own. You could also break the connection between the kings by forcing the opposing king to walk out of the connection by making it the kings only move, therefore forcing them to play a zugzwang.

  10. Imagine a variant where all pawns in the exploding area are also removed and it’s a 5×5 explosion

  11. Rule that you can move even tho your king is in check is really stupid, everything else is fine

  12. How about a chess where you can capture your own piece for extra life for that piece meaning you can ressurect that piece on there classic position whenever they die for each ally piece they capture

  13. Hey first off love your videos 😊 second, where did you get the disk shape pieces?

  14. Imagine if this was played in real life…

  15. It is funny that both players end up in a stalemate just because both kings are adjacent to each other in this kind of chess

  16. Oh man, did you cover Rifle Chess yet? I really wanna know more about that variant.

  17. This gives a new meaning to "trading pieces" tbh

  18. I started playing this more than regular chess and it messed me up. I have a hard time playing regular now because it's a completely different playstyle

  19. finally, I can do the tennison gambit with the intercontinental ballistic missile move without breaking the Geneva conventions and not getting charged for several war crimes🥰

  20. everything here seems like regular chess, except en croissant? wtf is that

  21. now i wanna play a magnetic atomic chess

  22. In this variant, you don't want to capture a piece with your Queen.

  23. Can you blow up your own king accidentally

  24. Pawns don't die because they're like cockroaches, but nothing can survive the center of the explosion.

  25. I just had to click this because of the interesting name. Okay, so this is kind of interesting, like basically chess but every captured peice emits a 3×3 explosion, but the pawns are immune to being blown up. I would just change one thing. Since pawns are immune to explosion, kings should be too.

  26. What's where the ballistic missile is played

  27. I’m surprised at how many people didn’t know about this

  28. Alternate title: nuke chess but pawns have radiation protection

  29. Ummmm… You mean Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Chess, right?

  30. This is actually excellent, and I love this and it’s really good because it forces faster games so if you want to run house tournament with this the faster the game is the better because it means you can play with more people and you can get more rounds

  31. Next up "How to play Chess but Little Timmy ate the queen"

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