Stanley Super Sevens Part 4

'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. f3 e6
Clock started on 10/14/2018
2. h3 f6 3. b3 e5 4. d3 Bb4+ 5. Nd2 d5 6. e4 dxe4 7. fxe4 Ke7 8. Ne2 Nc6 9. c4 Be6 10. Nf4 exf4 11. Ke2 a5 12. Kf2 Bc5+ 13. d4 Bd7 14. dxc5 Bc8 15. g3 fxg3+ 16. Kg2 Be6 17. Kxg3 f5 18. Nf3 Ne5 19. Be2 c6 20. Ng1 Kf8 21. a3 Qg5+ 22. Bg4 Nf7 23. Bxg5 Ra6 24. Bf3 h6 25. Be3 Nf6 26. Bd4 Ke7 27. Be3 g5 28. b4 h5 29. Bg2 h4+ 30. Kf3 Ne5+ 31. Ke2 Bxc4+ 32. Kf2 Nd3+ 33. Qxd3 Bxd3 34. Rd1 Nxe4+ 35. Bxe4 Bxe4 36. Rh2 axb4 37. Bf4 gxf4 38. Ne2 Rxa3 39. Nxf4 Rf3+ 40. Ke2 Rxf4 41. Rd4 b3 42. Ke3 b2 43. Rxb2 Rf3+ 44. Ke2 Rxh3 45. Rxb7+ Kf6 46. Rd6+ Kg5 47. Rc7 Re8 48. Rdd7 Bb1+ 49. Kf1 Rh1+ 50. Kf2 Re4 51. Rxc6 Kg4 52. Rd5 Rh2+ 53. Kf1 Ree2 54. Rg6+ Kf4 55. c6 Be4 56. Rb5 Kf3 57. Rg1 Rc2 58. Rb3+ Kf4 59. Rh3 Rhf2+ 60. Ke1 Rce2+ 61. Kd1 Ra2 62. Rc3 Ra1+ 63. Rc1 Bc2+ 64. Ke1 Ra4 65. Kxf2 Ra2 66. c7 Bb3+ 67. Ke1 Rg2 68. Rc2 Rxg1+ 69. Kf2 Rg8 70. Rc3 Be6 71. Rh3 Kg4 72. Kg1 Kxh3+ 73. Kf2 Rg2+ 74. Ke3 Kg4 75. Kd4 Rc2 76. Kd3 Rxc7 77. Ke2 Kg3 78. Ke3 h3 79. Kd4 Ra7 80. Ke5 h2 81. Kxe6 h1=Q 82. Kxf5 Qh5+ 83. Ke6 Ra6+ 84. Kd7 Re6 85. Kxe6 Kg4 86. Kd6 Kf5 87. Kd5 Qg4 88. Kc5 Ke5 89. Kb5 Qd4 90. Ka5 Kd5 91. Kb5 Qc4+ 92. Kb6 Qc5+ 93. Kb7 Qc6+ 94. Ka7 Kc5 95. Kb8 Kb5 96. Ka7 Kc5 97. Kb8 Qd7 98. Ka8 Kb6 99. Kb8 Qe8#
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 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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