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'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. Nf3 d6
Clock started on 10/9/2017
2. Ng5 Bf5 3. Nxf7 Bg4 4. Nxd8 Kxd8 5. f3 Bh5 6. g4 Bf7 7. e4 e5 8. b4 Be7 9. Bc4 Bxc4 10. d3 Bf8 11. dxc4 Kc8 12. Ba3 Nd7 13. Bb2 b6 14. Qd5 a6 15. Qxa8+ Nb8 16. a3 Nh6 17. a4 Be7 18. a5 bxa5 19. Rxa5 Kd7 20. Ra2 Rf8 21. Nd2 Nc6 22. Ra3 Rxa8 23. Bc3 Bh4+ 24. Ke2 d5 25. exd5 Ne7 26. Bxe5 g6 27. Rd3 Nf7 28. c3 Nxe5 29. Re3 Ke8 30. b5 Nd7 31. Ra1 a5 32. Kd3 Bf6 33. Ra3 Bh8 34. h4 Rd8 35. f4 Nc5+ 36. Kc2 Nb7 37. Ne4 Rc8 38. d6 cxd6 39. Rb3 Kd7 40. g5 Nf5 41. Rd3 Rxc4 42. Nxd6 Nfxd6 43. Rh3 Rxf4 44. h5 a4 45. Rb4 Rxb4 46. Rh4 Rxh4 47. hxg6 hxg6 48. b6 Kc6 49. Kd3 Kxb6 50. c4 Na5 51. c5+ Kxc5 52. Kc2 a3 53. Kb1 Rh1+ 54. Ka2 Rh3 55. Kb1 Rh7 56. Ka2 Nb5 57. Kb1 Rh2 58. Kc1 a2 59. Kd1 Kd5 60. Kc1 a1=Q#
Black win

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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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