I have thought up several variations of massacre chess.

Massacre chess is a game where almost every single move is a capture.
The idea here is that only the chosen type of piece can capture. It can only be captured itself, by the kings of course, once all other possible captures have been done.

This idea for this has the following variations: Kings, Knights, Queens, Rooks, Bishops, Black Bishops, White Bishops, No-Promotion Pawns, and Yes-Promotion Pawns.

This a question to be answered by those of you who wish to do this for fun.

I shall now list my research, and the challenge is for you to beat my games for each variation by making a faster version.

You may choose to do one, two, or all of the. It is up to you. Good luck!


  1. Only the chosen type of piece may capture.
  2. The board must be cleared down to two kings.
  3. The kings may only take the chosen piece once every other capture possible with that piece has been done.
  4. It can only be done through legal moves - think FIDE.
  5. Have fun!

The variants (external links to https://www.apronus.com/chess/pgnviewer/ )

  • $\begingroup$ Regarding my edit: I wasn't 100% sure: Is it better to show the move-codes (as text) direclty as well? If so, I'd edit them back in. $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Mar 5 at 16:12
  • $\begingroup$ Oh no, your edit was extremely helpful. And just keep the links as they are after your edit. $\endgroup$ – Rewan Demontay Mar 5 at 16:17

Does this beat your rooks file? (25 moves)

And the Queens (21.5 moves)

Again Queens, same score, with an interesting idea.

The Bishops (23 moves)

NP pawns (35 moves)

YP pawns (33.5 moves)

Dark square Bishops (26.5 moves) (with constraint added that Light square Bishops can only be captured by a King)

Light square Bishops (25.5 moves) (without the additional constraint above)

Kings (28 moves)

Knights (wait for it) (20 moves) Well, I guess this variation breaks the king-capture rule again, so 23 moves is all I can do.

  • $\begingroup$ Rooks-Yes, Bishops-Yes, Queens-No, becuase one of the Queens is captured BEFORE all other captures of non-queen pieces are completed. $\endgroup$ – Rewan Demontay Mar 5 at 23:21
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, your queens game is now good. NP is also good. YP is the same as NP, but with pawn promotions allowed. $\endgroup$ – Rewan Demontay Mar 6 at 0:14
  • $\begingroup$ @RewanDemontay It's surprisingly not easy to do better with promotion than without (here 1.5 moves better). $\endgroup$ – Arnaud Mortier Mar 6 at 0:30
  • $\begingroup$ Hm. Yep. So true. And YP is looking good! $\endgroup$ – Rewan Demontay Mar 6 at 0:34
  • $\begingroup$ @RewanDemontay I got 1.5 move better for the dark squared bishops. Also I added a constraint compared to your variation: LSBs should only be captured by a King, not another LSB. $\endgroup$ – Arnaud Mortier Mar 6 at 11:54

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