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This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2005-04-22
 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender and Antoine  Fourrière. Inventor: R. Wayne Schmittberger. Extinction chess. Win by making your opponents pieces of one type extinct. (8x8, Cells: 64) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Adrian Alvarez de la Campa wrote on 2006-10-29 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Extinction Chess is a great game of course, but the shorter games it usually provides made me think of combining it with Brotherhood Chess, a slower-than-normal game.

Anyway, here's the Game Courier preset I made for this.

Austin Lockwood wrote on 2005-04-07 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I have just added Extinction Chess as a playable game on the correspondence chess/chess variants server <a href=''></a>. I haven't played a full game yet, but am looking forward to doing so!<br><br>I couldn't find an email address for Mr. Schmittberger anywhere, and would like to check with him that he doesn't mind me having Extinction Chess on - if anyone here knows how he can be contacted I would be grateful for this information.<br><br>Cheers,<br>Austin

George Duke wrote on 2005-02-04 UTCGood ★★★★
'DEF,LargeCV': Excellent ideation, average playability. (The
extinction-notion could apply to those CVs >71 (or >79) squares, the
subject matter of this cross-thread.)

Fabrice Liardet wrote on 2005-01-10 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I am not 100% sure about how castling should be handled. The game carries
very natural notions of check (last piece of a kind under attack) and
checkmate (unavoidable check). So castling under check hurts the eye a
bit, unless one has a second (promoted) king. But if one forbids castling
under or through check, one should also forbid castling when the rook is
attacked when it is the only rook on board. I played correspondence games
in the NOST association and there castling under check was allowed, as
Wayne Schmittberger recommends.
Still, I would rather recommend to disable castling completely. But of
course, the inventor gets precedence over my opinion :-)
One must be conscious that another feature of not wanting to talk about
check and checkmate is that stalemate becomes a win for the stalemating
player, because the opponent is forced to commit suicide. This one
doesn't bother me at all, since I dislike the stalemate rule anyway.

Filip Rachunek wrote on 2004-12-19 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This cool game can be also played on <a href=></a>. There are almost 2000 finished games of this variant.

Antoine Fourrière wrote on 2004-04-12 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Can one castle under or through check, now there is no check?
(Zillions' own zrf keeps castling as usual, but it's no proof,
since their zrf for Berolina Chess has no en passant.)

Charles Gilman wrote on 2003-12-04 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
The game is an interesting leveller of pieces. The way that Pawns become important in their own right rather than just as promotands is a particularly big change. How would the rule behind this game affect play in games with unequal-army arrays?

Javier wrote on 2002-12-17 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Extinction chess can also be played at And yes, the standard Zillions chess ZRF also has extinction chess. Great game!

Peter Aronson wrote on 2002-09-07 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Actually, this game can be found in the standard Chess ZRF that comes with Zillions.

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