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 b6
Clock started on 4/5/2012
2. Nc3 Na6 3. f4 Nb4 4. a3 f6 5. axb4 e6 6. Nf3 c6 7. d4 Ba6 8. Bb5 Bxb5 9. Ra3 a5 10. Na4 axb4 11. Ra1 Rxa4 12. Rxa4 Bxa4 13. b3 h5 14. bxa4 d5 15. Nh4 dxe4 16. Ng6 Rh7 17. Nxf8 Ke7 18. Nxh7 Qd5 19. Qxh5 Qxh5 20. Kd2 Qg4 21. c3 e3+ 22. Kxe3 Qxg2 23. Rg1 Qf2+ 24. Ke4 Qe2+ 25. Be3 g5 26. fxg5 Qf3+ 27. Kxf3 bxc3 28. Nxf6 Nxf6 29. gxf6+ Kxf6 30. Bd2 cxd2 31. Ke2 d1=Q+ 32. Rxd1 Kg5 33. Rd3 Kg6 34. Rb3 Kf5 35. Rxb6 c5 36. dxc5 Ke5 37. h4 Kd5 38. Rxe6 Kxe6 39. h5 Kf5 40. Kd1 Kg5 41. Kd2 Kxh5 42. c6 Kg5 43. c7 Kf5 44. Kd3 Kg4 45. c8=Q+ Kf4 46. a5 Ke5 47. Qe8+ Kd5 48. Qb8 Kc6 49. a6 Kd7 50. a7 Kc6 51. a8=Q+ Kd7 52. Qb4 Ke6 53. Kc4 Ke5 54. Qaa5+ Ke4 55. Qd5+ Kf4 56. Qbd2+ Kg4 57. Qe3 Kh4 58. Qed3 Kg4 59. Q3f3+ Kh4 60. Qdh5#
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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