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. b3 b6
Clock started on 4/5/2012
2. Bb2 Bb7 3. Na3 d6 4. f3 c6 5. g3 Nd7 6. Bg2 f6 7. e3 Nh6 8. Ne2 g5 9. Rg1 Ne5 10. f4 gxf4 11. gxf4 Nef7 12. Nc4 Qc8 13. Bf1 d5 14. Na3 Qd8 15. Bg2 Nf5 16. Nc4 dxc4 17. bxc4 e6 18. a3 N5d6 19. d3 Bh6 20. Rb1 Rb8 21. Be4 Bg5 22. Bf3 e5 23. Bd5 Bh6 24. Bg2 Nf5 25. Qd2 Qe7 26. fxe5 Bxe3 27. Qxe3 Rf8 28. Qf2 N7h6 29. exf6 a6 30. Qd4 Rd8 31. Bd5 Nxd4 32. Bg2 Qxf6 33. a4 a5 34. Rf1 Bc8 35. Rxf6 Rf7 36. Rxh6 Re7 37. Rd6 h5 38. Rxd8+ Kxd8 39. Bxd4 Bg4 40. Be3 Rxe3 41. Kd2 Rxe2+ 42. Kc3 Rxg2 43. Rxb6 Kc7 44. c5 Rxh2 45. Rb2 Kd8 46. Rb6 Kc7 47. d4 h4 48. Rb1 Re2 49. Rh1 h3 50. Kd3 Rg2 51. c3 h2
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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