So come my friend and let's be one

'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 e6
Clock started on 3/19/2012
2. d4 Nh6 3. g4 Be7 4. Bxh6 gxh6 5. e5 b6 6. Ne2 Bb7 7. Rg1 d6 8. Qd2 O-O 9. exd6 Bf6 10. Bg2 Qxd6 11. Nf4 Bxg2 12. Nh3 Be7 13. Rxg2 Qc6 14. f4 Qe8 15. a3 Kh8 16. Nc3 Qc8 17. Ke2 Bg5 18. Rh1 Be7 19. g5 hxg5 20. Ng1 a6 21. fxg5 Qd8 22. h4 Nd7 23. Kd1 Nf6 24. gxf6 Bxf6 25. Ne4 Bxd4 26. Rgh2 h6 27. c3 Bg7 28. Qxd8 c6 29. Qxb6 Rfc8 30. Qf2 Rab8 31. Qf5 exf5 32. Nh3 Rb7 33. Nd6 Rd8 34. Rd2 Rbd7 35. Nc4 Rxd2+ 36. Kc1 Rh2 37. Rxh2 Kh7 38. Rd2 Rxd2 39. Kxd2 Kg6 40. Nf4+ Kh7 41. Ne2 Kg6 42. Nf4+ Kh7 43. Na5 Bf8 44. Nxc6 Bd6 45. Ne6 fxe6 46. Nd4 h5 47. Nxe6 Kg6 48. Kd3 Kf6 49. Nd4 Ke5 50. Ke3 f4+ 51. Kf3 Be7 52. Ne2 Kf5 53. Nxf4 Bb4 54. axb4 a5 55. bxa5 Ke5 56. a6 Kd6 57. a7 Kc7 58. Ke3 Kb7 59. Nxh5 Kxa7 60. Nf6 Ka6 61. h5 Kb6 62. h6 Kc6 63. h7 Kd6 64. h8=Q Kc5 65. b3 Kb5 66. Kd4 Kc6 67. Nh5 Kb5 68. Qg8 Kc6 69. Qd5+ Kb6 70. Nf6 Kc7 71. Qe6 Kb7 72. Kc5 Kc7 73. Qe7+ Kc8 74. Kc6 Kb8 75. Qb7#
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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