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 e5
Clock started on 2/5/2021
2. Ke2 g5 3. d3 f6 4. Nf3 c5 5. Nc3 Nh6 6. g3 Nc6 7. Bg2 Bd6 8. Qd2 Rf8 9. Nd5 Nf7 10. c4 Na5 11. h4 Nc6 12. a4 b6 13. Nf4 a5 14. Nd5 Rh8 15. Qb4 g4 16. Rb1 Nxb4 17. Nxb4 Bc7 18. Rd1 axb4 19. Nh2 b3 20. Nxg4 f5 21. Kf1 Ng5 22. Bxg5 Qxg5 23. hxg5 fxg4 24. Ra1 d6 25. Ra3 Bd8 26. Rxb3 Bxg5 27. Rxb6 h5 28. Rxd6 h4 29. gxh4 Bxh4 30. Ra1 Ke7 31. Rd5 Rxa4 32. Rxa4 Bb7 33. Ra2 Bxd5 34. cxd5 Kd6 35. Ra1 c4 36. dxc4 Kc5 37. b3 Kb4 38. Rb1 Rf8 39. Rb2 Kc3 40. Re2 Kxb3 41. c5 Kc4 42. c6 g3 43. f3 Kc5 44. Rc2+ Kd6 45. Ke2 Kc7 46. Rb2 Be7 47. Rb7+ Kc8 48. Rxe7 Kd8 49. d6 Re8 50. c7+ Kc8 51. Rxe8+ Kb7 52. Bf1 Kc6 53. Rc8 Kxd6 54. Bh3 g2 55. Bxg2 Kd7 56. Bh3+ Kc6 57. Kd3 Kb6 58. Rb8+ Kxc7 59. Rc8+ Kb6 60. f4 exf4 61. e5 f3 62. Be6 f2 63. Ke2 Ka5 64. Kxf2 Ka6 65. Bd7 Kb7 66. e6 Ka7 67. e7 Kb6 68. e8=Q
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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