In my program below I am getting the parent node game 1 and then removing one of the two child nodes, depending on which one is clicked. I currently have two event listeners, with two separate functions for removing one child vs the other. It doesn't feel very dry to me, and I think I could benefit from having someone skilled in JS take a look at this and show me how this could be more easily accomplished.

var firstWinner = document.getElementById('game1');

function removefirst() {

function removeSecond() {

var gameOneNodes = document.getElementById('game1').childNodes;
gameOneNodes[1].addEventListener('click', removefirst, false)
gameOneNodes[0].addEventListener('click', removeSecond, false)

You should define one click handler that removes all siblings of the clicked element. That is, remove all children of the parent, except the target of the event itself.

document.getElementById('game1').addEventListener('click', function(event) {
    // Remove all siblings of the clicked element
    for (var c = this.childNodes.length - 1; c >= 0; c--) {
        if (this.childNodes[c] != event.target) {
<div id="game1">

You could also iterate this way, but there's an awkward c--:

for (var c = 0; c < this.childNodes.length; c++) {
    if (this.childNodes[c] != event.target) {
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  • \$\begingroup\$ Might be useful to use this instead of parent, since this'll refer to the game1 element automatically. \$\endgroup\$ – Flambino Mar 28 '16 at 4:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ Also, while a little arcane, the for-loop can be replaced with [].slice.call(this.childNodes).forEach(...). Not that it'd be inherently better or anything, it's just an alternative. \$\endgroup\$ – Flambino Mar 28 '16 at 4:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Flambino I've incorporated your suggestion to use this instead of event.target.parentNode. Your slice() suggestion is too tricky for my taste, though. \$\endgroup\$ – 200_success Mar 28 '16 at 4:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ That's fair. I'm not a fan of the slice trick either, per se, but it's the simplest way to get a proper array from annoying JS/DOM array-like objects (like NodeList here, or the arguments obj). Again, not necessary in this case, but I figured I put it in a comment to mention it (no need to put it in the answer) \$\endgroup\$ – Flambino Mar 28 '16 at 4:36

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