About Time For Some More Stanley!

'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. h3 Nh6
Clock started on 4/9/2012
2. g4 a5 3. Bg2 a4 4. Nc3 e6 5. d4 Qh4 6. Nf3 c5 7. Be3 Qd8 8. b3 g6 9. Bf1 c4 10. Bg2 axb3 11. Rh2 bxc2 12. Qxc2 Na6 13. Ne4 e5 14. Nxe5 Nc5 15. dxc5 f5 16. Nd6+ Bxd6 17. cxd6 Qa5+ 18. Kd1 f4 19. Rh1 Qxe5 20. Bb6 Qxd6+ 21. Qd2 Qc7 22. Bxc7 f3 23. Bxf3 Nf5 24. Bb8 Rxb8 25. Be4 b6 26. gxf5 gxf5 27. e3 fxe4 28. Qd4 Rg8 29. Qxe4+ Kf7 30. Rh2 Rg1+ 31. Kc2 Rxa1 32. Qxc4+ d5 33. Qa6 Bxa6 34. Kb2 Ke7 35. a4 Rxa4 36. Rg2 Ra1 37. Kxa1 Ke8 38. f4 Bb5 39. Rg8+ Kf7 40. Rxb8 Bc4 41. Rxb6 Kg7 42. Kb2 h6 43. Kc3 Bf1 44. Rb4 Bxh3 45. Kd4 h5 46. Rc4 dxc4 47. Kxc4 Kf6 48. Kb3 Kf5 49. Kc3 Ke4 50. Kd2 Bf5 51. Ke2 h4 52. Kf2 Bg4 53. Kf1 Kxe3 54. f5 Bxf5 55. Kg2 h3+ 56. Kg3 Bg6 57. Kxh3

(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 schemingmind.com 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)

chessvariants.org 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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