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. e4 e5
Clock started on 11/30/2018
2. Nf3 Bb4 3. Ke2 Nc6 4. c3 Qf6 5. cxb4 Rb8 6. b5 Qg6 7. Ng5 Qe6 8. Nxe6 dxe6 9. d3 Nd4+ 10. Ke3 Nf6 11. Nd2 h5 12. f3 Ra8 13. Nc4 Rb8 14. Nxe5 Nxb5 15. Bd2 O-O 16. a4 Nd6 17. Ra3 b5 18. Ng6 fxg6 19. Rc3 bxa4 20. Rxc7 Rxb2 21. Qxa4 Kh8 22. Bc3 Rb1 23. Rxg7 Nd7 24. Bb4 Ne5 25. Bxd6 Kxg7 26. Bxe5+ Rf6 27. Ba1 Rb5 28. Qxb5 a6 29. Qb6 Kh8 30. d4 Rf7 31. Be2 Kg8 32. Rc1 Kh7 33. Rb1 Kh6 34. Bb2 Rb7 35. g4 Rxb6 36. Rf1 Rxb2 37. Ra1 Rb6 38. gxh5 a5 39. hxg6 Kxg6 40. Rxa5 Bd7 41. h4 Kh6 42. Ra8 Bc6 43. Ra6 Rxa6 44. Bxa6 Kh5 45. Bf1 Kxh4 46. Bc4 Bd7 47. Kf4 Kh5 48. Ke5 Kg5 49. Bb3 Kg6 50. Kd6 Bc8 51. Kc7 e5 52. d5 Bh3 53. d6 Kg5 54. d7 Bxd7 55. Kxd7 Kf4 56. Kc7 Kxf3 57. Bd5 Ke3 58. Kd6 Kf3 59. Bb7 Kf4 60. Kd5 Ke3 61. Kxe5 Kd3 62. Kd5 Ke3 63. e5 Kf4 64. e6 Kf5 65. Kd4 Kg5 66. Ke5 Kg6 67. Kd6 Kf6 68. e7 Kf7 69. Bc6 Kg6 70. e8=Q+ Kf5 71. Qd8 Kg4 72. Ke5 Kg3 73. Qf8 Kh2 74. Qg8 Kh3 75. Qe6+ Kg3 76. Qf7 Kg4 77. Qg8+ Kh3 78. Kf4 Kh2 79. Kf3 Kh1 80. Kf2+ Kh2 81. Qh8#
White 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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