Stanley Cup 2009

'Fast' (10 days + 1 day/move, max 30 days)
This game is being played under Stanley Random Chess rules. Click the 'info' tab for more information.
1. d4 a5
Clock started on 9/21/2009
2. e4 e6 3. Be3 c6 4. Nf3 Ra6 5. Kd2 Ra8 6. Nc3 Be7 7. Bd3 e5 8. d5 Nf6 9. Bb5 O-O 10. dxc6 dxc6+ 11. Ke1 g5 12. Nxg5 cxb5 13. Nxb5 Ra6 14. b3 Qxd1+ 15. Rxd1 Bb4+ 16. c3 Be7 17. Nc7 Rd6 18. h4 Rxd1+ 19. Kxd1 Ng4 20. Ke2 h5 21. b4 axb4 22. cxb4 Bxb4 23. Re1 Bxe1 24. Kxe1 Nxe3 25. fxe3 Nc6 26. Kd2 f5 27. Ne8 Rxe8 28. exf5 Bxf5 29. e4 Ne7 30. exf5 Kf8 31. f6 Nf5 32. Ke1 Nxh4 33. g3 Ng6 34. a4 Ra8 35. Ne6+ Kf7 36. Ng5+ Kf8 37. Ne6+ Kf7 38. Nc7 Rxa4 39. Kd2 b5 40. Kc2 Rc4+ 41. Kd3 Rh4 42. gxh4 Kxf6 43. Nd5+ Kg7 44. Kc3 Nxh4 45. Kb4 Ng2 46. Kc5 h4 47. Kxb5 h3 48. Nc3 h2 49. Ne2 h1=Q 50. Ng3 Qb1+ 51. Kc4 Ne3+ 52. Kc3 Qe1+ 53. Kd3 Qb4 54. Kxe3 Qf4+ 55. Kd3 Qxg3+ 56. Ke4 Kf6 57. Kd5 Qd3+ 58. Kc5 Ke6 59. Kb4 Kd6 60. Ka4 Kc5 61. Ka5 Kc6 62. Kb4 e4 63. Ka4 Kc5 64. Ka5 Qd8+ 65. Ka4 e3 66. Kb3 e2 67. Kc2 e1=Q 68. Kb3 Qb4+ 69. Kc2 Qdd2#
Black win

(Under Construction)

Stanley Random Chess (commonly designated as SR Chess) is an alternative form of chess that predates regular chess, and offers greater complexity and creativity. While SR Chess appears superficially to be similar to Standard Chess, it is actually a far more advanced and complex form of chess that predates Standard Chess, and requires greater creativity and more imaginative play. SR Chess implements the extra rules governing move sequences and board patterns that were later lost when Standard Chess developed as a result of the Great SR Chess Purge in the nineteenth century (commemorated annually on April 1).

Game Rules

The rules are the same as Simplified SR (Common) Chess, with the addition of some rules governing move sequences and board patterns. These rules are too complex to summarize, and are subject to local variations, but new players will notice two main differences from Simplified SR (Common) Chess:

As a result of the additional unique rules governing move sequences and board patterns, a significant percentage of Common Chess moves are illegal in SR Chess. The SchemingMind server replaces those moves with legal moves - resulting in somewhat strange and apparently random moves at times. Such replaced moves are called STAR moves.


SR Chess enthusiasts typically provide extensive analysis and commentary of games in progress, so generally it does not take long for dedicated newcomers to get a good feel for the game and its rules by observing games or playing with experienced players.

Unfortunately it is not possible to reproduce the complete rules here; at the last count the official ISRCF handbook consisted of 175 volumes (which have to be transported to tournaments by articulated lorry). SchemingMind is very grateful to the ISRCA for allowing us to interface directly with their database and for providing us with an XML SRC rule parser to control the games played here - without this facility an array of several hundred servers would be required to host games on this site.

Be warned... if you attempt to play this game as Standard Chess, you may find that unexpected transpositions are made to your moves after submission, since an automated algorithm adjusts illegal moves to the nearest legal move.


Learning the Game

The best method for learning Stanley Random Chess is to observe experienced players playing the game, or to play it online with the benefit of the innovative technology provided by the chess server that automatically corrects and adjusts illegal moves. Although it is sometimes unfairly associated with parodies like Mornington Crescent, Fizzbin, and Calvinball, Stanley Random Chess is a playable game, and is actively played online. SR Chess is not for everyone, but it certainly recommends itself on account of its historical claim and creative play, particularly with respect to the imaginative analysis of games.

Novices should first read StanleyRandomChessForIdiots, and/or Stanley Random Chess Introduced & Explained for Beginners, and consider examining an annotated Exhibition Game. Studies have been published about the historical origins of Stanley Random Chess, and articles have been published on famous players like Lord Humberton-Snapf, Antonio Pancris of Baden-Baden, Otto Bolshnaut, and Victor Seignovich. Retired SR Chess grandmaster Gregory Topov is a leading authority on the game.


Example games

recently played SR Chess games

Note that games played before late 2008 were subject to an archaic rule known as Vollenhauser Conditions (also known as Forced I. M. R.). As a result, games sometimes ended abruptly after the 30 move, the player with more piece value winning the game. See below for more about the Forced I. M. R. withdrawal. 

Additional info

See the following resources:

Stanley Random Chess Introduced & Explained for Beginners (journal article) page for SR Chess

The GM Topov Files

Dutch annotations on an Exhibition Game

Forced I.M.R. Withdrawal Announcement


Game Rules approximation

While full SRC rules are difficult to comprehend, the following rule of thumb approximates them fairly well.

You play normal chess, but each time you make a move, there is a probability (p) that your move will be replaced by a different legal move (a so called 'STAR' move). The value of p is based on the the pieces you have on the board (queens = q, rooks = r, etc.) and is calculated using the formula:

  • p = (9q + 5r + 3b + 3n + p + 11)/100

The chances of a replacement move are actually less than p depending on the number of available moves, because a STAR move can be any legal move, including the move you entered.

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