Extinction Chess is the invention of Games Magazine editor R. Wayne Schmittberger.

You win if you capture all of one kind of your opponent's pieces. In other words, if you capture both Rooks, or both Bishops, or both Knights, or the Queen, or the King, or all the Pawns, you win.

  • There is no checkmate.
  • There is no check. The King can be captured like any other piece.  (Of course, if you lose your King, you lose the game.)
  • Pawns can promote to any other piece, including the King.
  • If you promote your last Pawn, you have lost all your Pawns. This means you lose the game.
  • Castling and en passant captures are allowed.
  • The board is set up in the same way as for regular chess.

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