Losing Chess

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In Losing Chess, the Ďloserí is actually the winner.††††† Losing Chess is also known as:

  • Antichess
  • 'Take Me' Chess
  • Zero Chess
  • Suicide Chess
  • Killer Chess
  • Giveaway Chess



The rules below are those commonly used for Losing Chess.

  • The opening set up is as in normal chess. All pieces move as in normal chess (but see below for the King).
  • Capturing is compulsory. When a player can capture, but has different choices to capture a piece, he may choose which piece to capture.
  • The aim is to be in a situation where you canít move any more, i.e. to have no pieces or to be stalemated
  • There is no check or checkmate. The King plays no special role in the game, and can be taken like any other piece.
  • Pawns promote as usual, but a pawn can promote to a King as well as a Queen or any other piece.
  • Castling is not allowed.
  • The game is a draw in the case of mutual agreement, threefold repetition and the 50-move situation, and also when a win is impossible.


Famous 'Losing Chess' Players

  • Roberto Magari (Firenze, 1934 - Siena, 1994): seven times AISE (Italian Association of Chess) champion!
  • Aldo Kustrin (Italy): three times AISE champion.
  • Peter Wood (England): Olympic champion
  • Tim Remmel (Netherlands): 1st Unofficial World Champion (2001 Utrecht)
  • Fabrice Liardet (Switzerland): 1998 Geneva Tournament winner, 2001 runner-up in Utrecht


Book on Losing Chess:†† Popular Chess Variants (Batsford Chess Books) by David Pritchard. (£8.99 from Amazon Books)
Downloadable Losing Chess Engine: Giveaway Wizard† aka† Losing Chess Wizard †from http://tim-mann.org/engines.html