Stanley's Pre-Olympiad 2012

'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. h4 b6
Clock started on 2/26/2012
2. f4 Nc6 3. g4 Nf6 4. g5 Nb4 5. c4 Ne4 6. d3 Na6 7. Nd2 Nxd2 8. Bxd2 Nc5 9. Qc2 a5 10. b3 Bb7 11. Rh3 d6 12. Nf3 g6 13. Kd1 Na6 14. Qc1 Nc5 15. Bc3 Nxb3 16. axb3 Rc8 17. Bxh8 f6 18. gxf6 exf6 19. e4 c5 20. Ra2 f5 21. Be2 Kd7 22. Ba1 Ke6 23. Rh1 fxe4 24. Ng5+ Ke7 25. Bb2 h6 26. Nxe4 Bxe4 27. dxe4 Rc6 28. Rh2 Qc7 29. h5 g5 30. fxg5 hxg5 31. Qxg5+ Ke8 32. Rh4 Be7 33. Bg4 Bxg5 34. Rxa5 bxa5 35. Be5 Qd8 36. Rh2 dxe5+ 37. Kc2 Rc8 38. h6 Qd1+ 39. Kxd1 Bf4 40. Bh3 Bxh2 41. Bxc8 Kf8 42. h7 Kg7 43. Bf5 Bf4 44. h8=Q+ Kxh8 45. Kc2 Bc1 46. Kxc1 Kg7 47. Kb2 Kf6 48. Ka3 Kg5 49. Ka4 Kf4 50. Kxa5 Ke3 51. Kb5 Kd4 52. Ka4 Kc3 53. Be6 Kd4 54. Bf5 Kd3 55. Kb5 Kd4 56. b4 cxb4 57. Kxb4 Kd3 58. c5 Kd4 59. Kb5 Kc3 60. c6 Kd4 61. c7 Ke3 62. Kc5 Kf4 63. c8=Q Ke3 64. Qe6 Kf4 65. Kd5 Kg5 66. Qxe5 Kh5 67. Qg7 Kh4 68. Qg4#
White 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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