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. f3 b6
Clock started on 4/9/2012
2. g3 e5 3. Bg2 d5 4. b3 Nh6 5. b4 Bxb4 6. a4 Nc6 7. c3 Bd6 8. d3 Be6 9. Nd2 Qh4 10. Kf1 d4 11. gxh4 Nf5 12. a5 Nxh4 13. Nb1 Bc8 14. axb6 cxb6 15. Ba3 Bxa3 16. f4 Bf8 17. Kf2 Nxg2 18. Kxg2 f6 19. Qb3 e4 20. dxe4 dxc3 21. Nxc3 Bf5 22. Nd1 Ne7 23. exf5 Nxf5 24. Qd5 Nh6 25. Qxa8+ Kf7 26. Rxa7+ Ke6 27. Qb7 Bd6 28. Kg3 Nf5+ 29. Kf3 Rb8 30. Ra5 Ne7 31. Qa6 bxa5 32. Nh3 Nd5 33. e4 Nb4 34. Qxa5 Nd3 35. Qa7 Rb3 36. Ne3 f5 37. exf5+ Kf6 38. Qa3 Rb7 39. Qxd3 Ra7 40. Qa6 Rxa6 41. Ng5 Bc5 42. Ne4+ Kf7 43. Nxc5 Rc6 44. Ne4 g6 45. f6 Rxf6 46. Nxf6 Kxf6 47. Ke4 g5 48. f5 h5 49. Ra1 g4 50. Nd5+ Kf7 51. Rf1 h4 52. Kf4 g3 53. Kg5 g2 54. Rf3 g1=Q+ 55. Kf4 Qxh2+ 56. Kg4 Qb2 57. Rc3 Qf2 58. Nf4 Qh2 59. Rh3 Qh1 60. Rh2 Qxh2 61. Nh5 h3 62. Kf3 Qg2+ 63. Kf4 h2 64. Ng3 Kf6 65. Nh5+ Ke7 66. Ng3 Qb7 67. Kg4 Kf6 68. Kf4 Qe7 69. Nh5+ Kf7 70. Ng3 Qf8 71. Kf3 Kf6 72. Kf4 Qb4+ 73. Kf3 h1=Q+ 74. Nxh1 Kxf5 75. Ng3+ Kg5 76. Kf2 Qb5 77. Kf3 Kh4 78. Ne2 Qd3+ 79. Kf2 Kg4 80. Ng1 Qg3+ 81. Kf1 Kh4 82. Ke2 Qxg1 83. Kf3 Qd4 84. Ke2 Qc3 85. Kf2 Qd3 86. Ke1 Qc2 87. Kf1 Qd2 88. Kg1 Kg3 89. Kh1 Qd7 90. Kg1 Qd1#
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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