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. a4 e5
Clock started on 8/3/2012
2. a5 Bc5 3. a6 Nc6 4. axb7 Bxb7 5. Ra3 Qb8 6. Rc3 e4 7. Nf3 exf3 8. gxf3 Bb6 9. Rxc6 g6 10. Rxb6 a6 11. b4 cxb6 12. Bb2 d5 13. Bxh8 Kd8 14. h4 Qe5 15. Bxe5 f6 16. f4 fxe5 17. Bh3 a5 18. bxa5 bxa5 19. Qc1 a4 20. d3 a3 21. c4 a2 22. Bf5 gxf5 23. cxd5 a1=Q 24. d6 Qa5+ 25. Qc3 Qxc3+ 26. Nxc3 Bxh1 27. fxe5 Rc8 28. Kd2 Bg2 29. e6 Rc6 30. d7 Rxe6 31. e4 fxe4 32. Nxe4 Bxe4 33. dxe4 Rxe4 34. f3 Kxd7 35. fxe4 Ke6 36. Ke3 Nh6 37. Kf4 Ng8 38. h5 h6 39. Kg3 Kd7 40. Kf4 Ke6 41. e5 Ne7 42. Ke4 Nf5 43. Kf3 Kxe5 44. Kg4 Ng7 45. Kh4 Kf4 46. Kh3 Nf5 47. Kh2 Ke5 48. Kh3 Kf4 49. Kh2 Kg4 50. Kh1 Kxh5 51. Kh2 Kg4 52. Kh1 h5 53. Kh2 h4 54. Kh1 Kg3 55. Kg1 h3 56. Kh1 Ne3 57. Kg1 Ng4 58. Kh1 Nf2+ 59. Kg1 h2+ 60. Kf1 h1=Q+ 61. Ke2 Qd1+ 62. Ke3 Qb3+ 63. Kd4 Qb5 64. Kc3 Kf3 65. Kd4 Kf4 66. Kc3 Ke3 67. Kc2 Ne4 68. Kc1 Qe2 69. Kb1 Kd3 70. Ka1 Nc5 71. Kb1 Kc3 72. Ka1 Qb2#
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 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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