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.
Clock started on 10/31/2018
1. e3 e5 2. Bc4 c6 3. Qf3 Qe7 4. Qd1 c5 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. Nd5 Qf6 8. Nxf6+ Kd8 9. f4 Nxf6 10. fxe5 Nxe5 11. b3 Nxd3+ 12. cxd3 Be7 13. Bb2 d5 14. h3 Rb8 15. Rb1 Be6 16. Qc2 Ne4 17. g3 Bg5 18. dxe4 dxe4 19. Kd1 Bf6 20. Bc1 b6 21. d3 exd3 22. Qb2 Re8 23. Qd2 Ke7 24. g4 Red8 25. Ke1 b5 26. g5 Bxg5 27. Qa5 g6 28. Qc7+ Kf8 29. Rh2 Rbc8 30. Qe5 Bh4+ 31. Kd1 a5 32. e4 Re8 33. a4 Bxb3+ 34. Rxb3 Rxe5 35. Rxb5 Re7 36. Re2 dxe2+ 37. Nxe2 Rxe4 38. Nc3 h5 39. Nxe4 f5 40. Nxc5 Rd8+ 41. Kc2 Be1 42. Ne6+ Ke7 43. Rc5 Kxe6 44. Bg5 Ra8 45. Rb5 Bb4 46. Rb6+ Kf7 47. Be7 Kxe7 48. Rxg6 Rc8+ 49. Kb3 Rc3+ 50. Ka2 Rxh3 51. Rg8 f4 52. Rc8 f3 53. Rc2 Rg3 54. Rh2 Rg2+ 55. Rxg2 fxg2 56. Kb3 g1=Q 57. Kc2 Qe3 58. Kb2 h4 59. Kc2 Qc3+ 60. Kb1 Qh8 61. Kc2 h3 62. Kd3 h2 63. Ke4 Ba3 64. Kd3 h1=Q 65. Ke3 Q8h4 66. Kd3 Kf8 67. Ke3 Qf1 68. Kd2 Qf3 69. Kc2 Qff6 70. Kd3 Qhf4 71. Ke2 Qb2+ 72. Kd3 Qc3+ 73. Kxc3 Qxa4 74. Kd3 Ke7 75. Ke3 Ke6 76. Kd3 Ke5 77. Kc3 Ke4 78. Kd2 Qd4+ 79. Ke2 Qb2+ 80. Kf1 Qb3 81. Kf2 Bd6 82. Ke2 Qb2+ 83. Kf1 Qh2 84. Ke1 Ke3 85. Kd1 Qd2#
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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