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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. Nc3 b6
Clock started on 10/13/2017
2. Nf3 f6 3. e4 a6 4. d4 b5 5. Nd5 e6 6. a4 exd5 7. g4 Qe7 8. e5 Qb4+ 9. c3 Kf7 10. Bh6 Qe7 11. Qb3 Nxh6 12. Qxd5+ Qe6 13. Qb3 Nc6 14. Be2 Qc4 15. Bxc4+ bxc4 16. Qxc4+ Ke8 17. g5 Be7 18. gxh6 gxh6 19. O-O-O Kd8 20. Nh4 fxe5 21. Ng6 hxg6 22. d5 Na5 23. Rhf1 g5 24. Qe2 d6 25. b4 Nb7 26. c4 e4 27. Qe3 Bf5 28. Qe2 a5 29. Rg1 axb4 30. Qb2 g4 31. Qxb4 Kc8 32. Kd2 Nc5 33. Ra1 Rb8 34. Rg2 Rxb4 35. Ke3 Rxc4 36. a5 Bg5+ 37. Ke2 Bc1 38. Rg1 Rd8 39. Rgxc1 Re8 40. Rxc4 e3 41. fxe3 Bd7 42. Rb4 Na6 43. Rf4 Rh8 44. Kd3 Bf5+ 45. Rxf5 h5 46. Rxh5 Rxh5 47. Rg1 Rxh2 48. Rxg4 Ra2 49. e4 Rxa5 50. Ke3 Nc5 51. Kf4 Ra4 52. Kf5 Nxe4 53. Rxe4 Rxe4 54. Kxe4 Kd7 55. Kd4 Ke7 56. Kc4 c5 57. dxc6 Kd8 58. Kd5 Kc7 59. Kd4 Kxc6 60. Kc4 Kb6 61. Kd5 Kc7 62. Kd4 Kc6 63. Kc4 Kb6 64. Kb4 Kc6 65. Kc4 Kb6 66. Kd3 Kc5 67. Ke4 Kc4 68. Kf3 d5 69. Ke3 Kc3 70. Ke2 d4 71. Kd1 Kd3 72. Ke1 Kc2 73. Ke2 d3+ 74. Ke1 d2+ 75. Ke2 d1=Q+ 76. Ke3 Qd5 77. Kf2 Qe5 78. Kf3 Kd3 79. Kf2 Qe3+ 80. Kg2 Qf4 81. Kh3 Qg5 82. Kh2 Ke3 83. Kh3 Kf2 84. Kh2 Qg2#
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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