How to play Losing Chess (aka: Suicide Chess, Antichess, Giveaway)

Learn the rules to the Chess variant: Losing Chess (also called: Suicide Chess, Antichess, Giveaway) 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 be the first player to lose all their pieces. If a capture is available to you, you must take it. If you have multiple captures available to you, then you pick which one one to take. There is no check or checkmate, the King may be captured like any other piece and may expose itself to capture. You are not allowed to castle and a pawn is allowed to promote to a king. If the game ends in a stalemate because a player has no legal moves, then that player wins. The game is a draw if the players agree, you reach the 50 move rule, move repetition, or it is impossible for someone to win.


  1. suicide chess I don't like it it's bad

  2. I had a similar idea today, but requiring smarter planning. Normal Chess rules apply, with no changes or exceptions, including the following: – Castle is allowed – Checks and mates are in the game – You cannot force a check on your King, and must defend it at all costs if under the checkThe player who gets checkmated wins. Good luck!

  3. Played this as a teenager a LONG time agoExcept we played all the normal rules of chess including castling and we could not capture the king and you won if you had only the king left (i.e. first to get down to the king won)

  4. Not so fun fact: Of white’s 20 legal opening moves in this, 13 are known to be forced wins for black.

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