Capture Anything

Capture Anything

Sacrificing a piece is one of the most exciting actions in chess. However, sacrifices don't always work in their full beauty because the other player can simply ignore it. But what if you didn't have to rely on your opponent to accept your sacrifice in order to create beautiful attacking combinations? Enter Capture Anything chess, a fascinating chess variant.

Here's what you need to know about Capture Anything:


What Is Capture Anything?

Capture Anything is a chess variant first proposed by DeepMind, the team behind AlphaZero. As the name suggests, players can capture any piece in this variant—even their own.

Capture Anything
Players can capture their own pieces.

According to former world champion GM Vladimir Kramnik, "Regardless of its relatively minor effect on the openings, self-captures add aesthetically beautiful motifs in the middlegames and provide additional options and winning motifs in the endgames." In the original paper that Kramnik published with DeepMind, he added: "I like this variation a lot, I would even go as far as to say that to me this is simply an improved version of regular chess."

I like this variation a lot, I would even go as far as to say that to me this is simply an improved version of regular chess.
— GM Vladimir Kramnik

How To Play Capture Anything Chess Online

It's easy to play Capture Anything online on Chess.com. To do so, go to our Variants page and select that option from the variants menu.

Play Capture Anything on Chess.com.
Go to our Variants page to play Capture Anything.

Conclusion

You now know what Capture Anything is, its rules, and how to play it online. Click the button below to play a game of this exciting chess variant that Kramnik himself endorses.

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