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. a3
Clock started on 2/9/2021
1... e5 2. f4 b6 3. Nh3 Qf6 4. fxe5 Qh4+ 5. g3 Ne7 6. c3 Qb4 7. cxb4 d5 8. Nc3 g6 9. Nf2 Bg7 10. Nxd5 Kd8 11. Nxe7 Kxe7 12. Bg2 c6 13. O-O Ke8 14. Rb1 Bxe5 15. Bxc6+ Nxc6 16. Qe1 Bf5 17. Ra1 f6 18. d3 Kf7 19. Ne4 b5 20. Kh1 Rhd8 21. a4 Bxe4+ 22. dxe4 Bxg3 23. Bf4 Bxe1 24. Rfxe1 Nxb4 25. a5 Kg7 26. Bc7 h5 27. Ra2 Nxa2 28. Bxd8 Rxd8 29. Ra1 Nb4 30. Kg2 Rd2 31. Kf1 Rxb2 32. Rd1 Kf7 33. Rd7+ Ke6 34. Rxa7 Ke5 35. e3 Rxh2 36. Re7+ Kd6 37. Ra7 Kc6 38. e5 Rf2+ 39. Kxf2 fxe5 40. a6 Kb6 41. Kf3 Kxa7 42. Ke4 Kxa6 43. Kxe5 h4 44. Kf4 g5+ 45. Kxg5 h3 46. Kg4 h2 47. Kg3 h1=Q 48. Kf4 Nd3+ 49. Kg3 Qe1+ 50. Kf3 Qf2+ 51. Ke4 Nc5+ 52. Kd4 Ka5 53. Kxc5 Qxe3+ 54. Kd5 b4 55. Kc4 Ka4 56. Kd5 Qb3+ 57. Kc5 Qd1 58. Kc4 b3 59. Kc3 Qc1+ 60. Kd3 b2 61. Ke2 Qc3 62. Kd1 b1=Q+ 63. Ke2 Qbb2+ 64. Kd1 Qcd2#
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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