Antichess has different deviations from chess than Xiangqi does. It's regular chess turned on it's head. Everything that you ever learned to strive for in chess is now what you try to prevent. Everything you ever strained to avoid is exactly what you want to make happen in this topsy turvy upside down variant.
Now instead of trying to protect your own pieces you want to lose them. And instead of trying to capture your opponent's pieces you need to avoid having to do so. You want to leave his pieces on the board.
Oh and another twist, there is no check or checkmate. The king is just a regular piece and can be taken like any other. You win by losing all your pieces first. If you know this game well and would like to talk about it, feel free to upload an article.
The following links open in new tabs. In order to play you need a bit of strategy. Obviously the tricks and techniques are a bit different from regular chess. There is a good discussion on this at About.com.
Mostly the playing options seem to involve downloading software to your hard-drive. Take extreme care when downloading anything online. Especially if it's free and has the .exe extension. There are many virus scanners available online. Or you can use your own software. But scan before you download it.
There are not to many places where you can play Antichess on the net. One option is Gambiter.com.
Have you ever played Antichess? The chess game where in order to win you must lose - all your pieces. All of the moves are the same as ordinary chess but strategy is turned on it's head. A completely opposite mindset is required. What does this mean for strategy in terms of opening theory, the middlegame, the endgame? Is strategic theory as developed as the same for regular chess? Are the strategic principles of Antichess as close to a mathematical science as those of chess? What is it like to play this game? Relay your experience of Antichess.
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