Is there any variation of chess where the winner has to take all of the opponents pieces rather than just force the capture of one of them ?

I guess sacrifices wouldn't work well in this variation of chess.

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    @BrianTowers: This question is not about antichess/losing chess/..., (where the winner has to get rid of pieces) but about a variety where the winner has to take all the pieces of the opponent. Jan 29, 2017 at 20:45
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    @user1583209 You're right, I read it too quickly Previous comment retracted.
    – Brian Towers
    Jan 29, 2017 at 22:06

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Horde/Dunsany's chess would match your requirement for one side (the other has to mate).


First of all, the historical rules of Shatranj include the victory condition "bare King", i.e., capturing all pieces except the King is a victory, except that the other player can capture the last piece of the first player immediately after the loss of his last piece (then, the game is drawn).

As a modern variant, there is Extinction Chess (aka Survival of the Species) where the extinction of one piece type (Knight, Bishop etc.) wins the game.

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