Is any game known where all the pieces (except the pawns) are still on the board and where a piece (not a pawn!) is captured at each half-move leading to a pawn endgame ?

In other words, is there a game where a "full" board is transferred to a pawn endgame in only 14 half-move ?

Here a game where the tranformation is made in 16 half-moves :

[Event "URS-ch26"]
[Site "Tbilisi"]
[Date "1959.??.??"]
[Round "15"]
[White "Kortschnoj, Viktor"]
[Black "Geller, Efim P"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E69"]
[PlyCount "83"]
[EventDate "1959.??.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "19"]
[EventCountry "URS"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[FEN ""]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. Nc3 c6 6. e4 d6 7. Nge2 e5 8. O-O
Nbd7 9. b3 exd4 10. Nxd4 Nc5 11. h3 Re8 12. Re1 a5 13. Rb1 Nfd7 14. Be3 h5 15.
Qd2 Ne5 16. Red1 Qe7 17. Kh1 Bf8 18. Re1 Bg7 19. Re2 Qc7 20. f4 Ned7 21. Bg1
Nf6 22. Nc2 b6 23. Ree1 Bb7 24. Nd4 Re7 25. Re2 Rae8 26. Rbe1 Ncxe4 27. Nxe4
Nxe4 28. Rxe4 Rxe4 29. Rxe4 Rxe4 30. Bxe4 c5 31. Bxb7 Qxb7+ 32. Qg2 Qxg2+ 33.
Kxg2 Bxd4 34. Bxd4 cxd4 35. Kf3 Kg7 36. Ke4 Kf6 37. Kxd4 Kf5 38. Ke3 Ke6 39.
Ke4 Kd7 40. f5 g5 41. Kd5 Kc7 42. g4 1-0
  • Are you looking for a real game or a composed game? – ericw31415 Aug 7 '17 at 17:34
  • A real game. It is easy to compose an example with the optimal length – Peter Aug 8 '17 at 17:19
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this seems like a question no one has any interest in answering, and as such it is of no value to CSE. – Rewan Demontay Aug 4 at 3:40
  • If anyone out there has access to a database of games, I think a python script could handle this. You could just split the PGN by spaces, then take moves_only = [pgn_moves[x] for x in range(0, half_move_ary) if x % 3 != 0] as the array. Then if movves_only has 14 elements in a row, flag that.game for later. This would only show us 14 captures in a row, but there probably aren't too many games like that. Or you could just take the FEN after each move, and once the first piece is captured (RNBQKrnbqk count decreased by 1) verify the same happens the next 13. – aschultz Aug 4 at 4:44

Such a game more than likely doesn't exist. The game that you give is amazing enough in that 16 already exists. Without access to a database, however, I don't know for sure. Perhaps someone could try to do that, and search in one or two.

On a related note, that game has 7 consecutive piece captures. Here's a game with 8, provided by Tim Krabbe in is "Chess Records In Palview" page.

[Title "Weiss M.-Burschowsky M., Austria, 1995"]
[FEN ""]
[startply "76"]

1. b4 Nf6 2. Bb2 d6 3. c4 Nbd7 4. e3 g6 5. Nf3 Bg7 6. Be2 O-O 7. O-O c5 8. b5 b6 9. d3 Bb7 10. Nbd2 e6 11. Qc2 d5 12. Rfd1 Qc7 13. h3 Rfd8 14. Rac1 Rac8 15. Nf1 a6 16. a4 a5 17. Ng3 e5 18. Rb1 d4 19. e4 Rf8 20. Bc1 Ne8 21. Nh2 f5 22. f3 f4 23. Nh1 h5 24. Bd2 g5 25. Rf1 Ndf6 26. Nf2 Rd8 27. Qd1 Bc8 28. Rb2 Be6 29. Rc2  Kh7 30. Nh1 Ng8 31. Kf2 Qd7 32. Ke1 Nef6 33. Nf2 Nh6 34. Rb2 Rg8 35. Bc1 Bf8 36. Kd2 g4 37. hxg4 hxg4 38. fxg4 Nhxg4 39. Nhxg4 Nxg4 40. Nxg4 Bxg4 41. Bxg4 Qxg4  42. Qxg4 Rxg4 43. Rg1 Bh6 44. Ke1 Rdg8 45. Kf1 Rg3 46. Rb3 R8g6 47. Bd2 f3 48. Bxh6 fxg2+ 49. Kf2 Kxh6 50. Ra3 Kh5 51. Ke2 Kh4
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    Not an answer. Firstly, the OP was looking for a real game, not a composed one; secondly, only 7 pieces from each side need to be removed, so 14 half-moves is possible; thirdly, the game provided doesn't answer the question. – Remellion Feb 28 at 15:43
  • My answer is more relevant know, @Remellion. – Rewan Demontay Jun 17 at 21:10
  • Still not relevant, unfortunately. The OP is asking for a game where the 14 non-pawn non-king pieces are all captured in the shortest timespan (16 halfmoves in the game given by the OP, from 27. Nxe4 to 24...cxd4). – Remellion Jun 18 at 3:41
  • I'm well aware of that. And it is relevant as I stated "Such a game likely doesn't exist, and this I answered the question in a manner. – Rewan Demontay Jun 18 at 3:43
  • The game I added in was to showcase a half-example of sorts. – Rewan Demontay Jun 18 at 3:44

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