Abuse & Frustration

'Standard' (30 days + 1 day/move, max 45 days)
This game is being played under Stanley Random Chess rules. Click the 'info' tab for more information.
1. e4 e5
Clock started on 1/12/2012
2. Bc4 Bc5 3. g3 c6 4. Qf3 Qf6 5. a3 d5 6. exd5 e4 7. Qxf6 Nxf6 8. dxc6 Nxc6 9. Be2 O-O 10. b4 Bxb4 11. Bh5 Bd7 12. Bd1 Bc5 13. h4 Rfe8 14. Bb2 Kf8 15. Bxf6 Bb4 16. axb4 gxf6 17. b5 Reb8 18. b6 axb6 19. Kf1 Rxa1 20. Nc3 Na5 21. f3 exf3 22. Nxf3 Ke8 23. Kg2 Bc6 24. Re1+ Kd8 25. Kf2 Kd7 26. d4 Bxf3 27. Kxf3 Rg8 28. g4 Ra3 29. Re3 Nc4 30. Rd3 Nb2 31. Ke4 Nxd3 32. Kxd3 Rc8 33. Ke4 Rb3 34. Bf3 Kd6 35. Ne2 Rxc2 36. d5 Rc1 37. Nxc1 Rc3 38. Ne2 Rc4+ 39. Kf5 Rc7 40. Kxf6 b5 41. Nd4 Rc5 42. Kxf7 b4 43. Kg7 Ke5 44. Nf5 b3 45. Ne3 b2 46. d6 Kxd6 47. Be4 Ke5 48. Bxh7 Kf4 49. g5 Kxe3 50. Bc2 Rxc2 51. h5 b1=Q 52. g6 Qd1 53. h6 Rc7+ 54. Kf6 Qd6+ 55. Kg5 Qh2 56. g7 Rc3 57. Kg6 Qe5 58. g8=Q Rc6+ 59. Kh7 Qf5+ 60. Kg7 Rg6+ 61. Kh8 Qe4 62. Qxg6 Qxg6 63. h7 Qxh7+ 64. Kxh7 b5 65. Kg6 Ke2 66. Kf5 b4 67. Ke4 b3 68. Kd4 Kd2 69. Kc4 b2 70. Kb4 b1=Q+ 71. Kc4 Qb6 72. Kd5 Kd3 73. Ke5 Qc5+ 74. Ke6 Ke4 75. Kd7 Qf5+ 76. Kc6 Qd5+ 77. Kc7 Ke5 78. Kb6 Qd4+ 79. Kb5 Kd5 80. Ka6 Qb4 81. Ka7 Kc6 82. Ka8 Qb7#
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 schemingmind.com 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)

chessvariants.org 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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