Antichess is the Reverse Chess Game

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.


Chess Variants: Antichess turns the conventional game upside down

Antichess turns the conventional game upside down

The rules are the same as regular chess rules except there are the following crucial add-ons:

  • Capturing is compulsory.
  • When there is more than one possible capture available you have a choice.
  • The king is just another piece and can be captured like any other.
  • Check and checkmate do not exist.
  • Castling does not exist.
  • Pawns can be promoted to any back row piece including the king.
  • In a stalemate situation the player who cannot move wins the game.
  • First player to lose all their pieces wins.


Chess Variants: Play Antichess

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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

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

Have You Played Antichess?

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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Moving On

Play Shogi

Play Shogi

That game is crazy isn't it. You have to change your whole mind-set to play it. Whole new different strategic concepts are needed for this.

Having tried a variant inspired by regular chess, I want to bring you back to the Far East for the next one. Like Xiangqi, it's a game played with flat disks rather than standing figures. But again this only serves to disguise it's closeness to our game.

It reflects many characteristics of Japanese military history and culture. This variant is called Shogi.

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