How to Use Chess Notation

How to Use Chess Notation


How to Use Chess Notation. Knowing chess notation will help you study
great chess games and learn classic moves and strategies. You will need A chess set and paper and pencil
or pen. Step 1. Learn the symbol for each piece. Each major piece is indicated by a capital
letter. There is no symbol for pawns. Step 2. Learn the symbol for each square. The rows are numbered one to eight from white’s
perspective. The columns are indicated by lowercase letters,
a through h. Step 3. Learn the symbols for moves, which are the
symbol for the piece followed by the symbol for the square it moves to. Pawn moves are indicated by the square they
move to. Step 4. If two pieces in different columns can move
to the same square, use the column letter of the starting square after the piece symbol. If they’re in the same column, use the row
number instead. Step 5. Use a lowercase x to signal a capture. First record the piece making the capture,
then add the x and the square the piece moves to. Indicate a good move by adding an exclamation
point and a bad move by adding a question mark. Step 6. Record castling. Kingside is indicated by O-O. For queenside, add another -O. Step 7. Show promotions by adding an equals sign and
the symbol for the new piece. Step 8. Record each turn on a single line, with white’s
move first, then a space, followed by black’s move. Indicate check with a plus sign and checkmate
with a hash sign. Did you know “Deep Blue,” an IBM supercomputer,
was the first computer to beat a human chess master when it defeated Garry Kasparov in
1997.

6 thoughts on “How to Use Chess Notation

  1. I find Descriptive notation is easer to follow, one can go threw the moves in their head, this notation I always found childish and very confusing

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