The Armistice Thematic Tournament

'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. f4 Na6
Clock started on 11/13/2018
2. e3 e5 3. Bxa6 bxa6 4. Qh5 Bc5 5. Qxe5+ Qe7 6. Qxg7 Qh4+ 7. g3 Qf6 8. Qg4 d5 9. Qe2 Nh6 10. Nc3 Kd7 11. Nxd5 Qxb2 12. Bxb2 Rb8 13. f5 Nxf5 14. Be5 Nd4 15. Qd3 Nf3+ 16. Nxf3 Rb7 17. Bd6 cxd6 18. Qxa6 Rb1+ 19. Rxb1 Bxa6 20. Nf6+ Kc7 21. Kf2 Bb7 22. d3 Bxe3+ 23. Kxe3 Rc8 24. g4 Bxf3 25. Kxf3 d5 26. Nxd5+ Kd6 27. Ne3 Rc3 28. d4 h5 29. gxh5 Rxc2 30. Ng4 Rxa2 31. h6 Kd5 32. Nf6+ Kxd4 33. Rhd1+ Ke5 34. Nd7+ Ke6 35. Rd2 Rxd2 36. Nc5+ Kd5 37. Na4 Rxh2 38. Rb7 Kc6 39. Rxf7 Rxh6 40. Rd7 Kxd7 41. Nc5+ Kc7 42. Kg4 Rc6 43. Nd3 Rc4+ 44. Kf5 Rd4 45. Ne5 Rd5 46. Kg5 Rd4 47. Nf7 Rd5+ 48. Kf6 a5 49. Ke6 Rd1 50. Ne5 a4 51. Nc4 Rc1 52. Nb2 a3 53. Nd3 Rd1 54. Nb4 Rb1 55. Na2 Rb2 56. Kf6 Kc8 57. Nc3 a2 58. Nxa2 Rxa2 59. Ke6 Rd2 60. Ke7 Kc7 61. Ke6 Kc6 62. Ke5 Kc5 63. Ke4 Kc4 64. Ke3 Rd8 65. Ke2 Kc3 66. Ke3 Re8+ 67. Kf3 Kd4 68. Kf2 Kd3 69. Kf3 Rf8+ 70. Kg4 Ke4 71. Kg5 Rf1 72. Kg6 Ke5 73. Kg5 Rg1+ 74. Kh4 Kf5 75. Kh3 Rg8 76. Kh2 Kf4 77. Kh1 Kf3 78. Kh2 Rg7 79. Kh1 Ke3 80. Kh2 Kf3 81. Kh1 Kf2 82. Kh2 Rh7#
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 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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