Stanley Random Chess League XII

'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 Nf6
Clock started on 2/3/2021
2. Bd3 e5 3. Nf3 Qe7 4. a3 Qb4 5. axb4 d6 6. Nc3 g6 7. Rxa7 c6 8. Ba6 bxa6 9. Rxa8 Nfd7 10. d4 Bb7 11. Rxb8+ Nxb8 12. Na4 Nd7 13. O-O Bg7 14. dxe5 Bxe5 15. Kh1 f5 16. Nxe5 dxe5 17. Bh6 Nf6 18. Qd7+ Kxd7 19. Ra1 Nh5 20. Rd1+ Kc7 21. Rd2 g5 22. Bxg5 fxe4 23. Nc5 Nf4 24. Rd7+ Kc8 25. Rxb7 h6 26. Bxf4 exf4 27. Rb6 Kc7 28. c4 Kd6 29. Nxa6 Rd8 30. h3 Rh8 31. c5+ Kd5 32. Nc7+ Kc4 33. Ne6 Re8 34. Nxf4 e3 35. b3+ Kxb3 36. Nd3 Rf8 37. fxe3 Kc4 38. Rxc6 Kxd3 39. b5 Kxe3 40. Rxh6 Kf4 41. b6 Kg3 42. Rg6+ Kf4 43. c6 Kf5 44. Rd6 Kf4 45. Rg6 Kf5 46. Rd6 Kf4 47. c7 Kg3 48. Rg6+ Kf4 49. b7 Re8 50. c8=Q Rxc8 51. bxc8=Q Ke3 52. Qa6 Kd4 53. Rg4+ Ke3 54. Qa3+ Kd2 55. Rd4+ Ke1 56. Qe3+ Kf1 57. Rf4#
White 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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