#13 – Algebraic chess notation

Hey! I am currently traveling from Belgium to France so it is a bit difficult for me to make a long post.
However, I’ll use my time on the train to learn something and explain it here.
Tonight I will talk about algebraic chess notation since I love chess but didn’t know how to understand the notation on the side tab of the battle.


In the chess game tournament, chess notation is used to know where are illegal moves.
Each player needs to write the game course with modern chess notation.
You will find each pieces notation down here:

♔ = (K)ing
♕ = (Q)ueen
♖ = (R)ook
♗ = (B)ishop
♘ = k(N)ight
♙ = ()pawn

The chess board is divided by 64 squares into 8 lines (number notation) and 8 columns (alphabetic notation).
You can know a piece position by giving the line and column coordinates.
For example, in this picture below, you can tell that the pawn (no notation) move in e4.
In response, black knight move in c6: Nc6.

In the case of a castling kingside (for example for the white), we can write the notation: o-o
For the castling queenside (for example for the black), we write it: o-o-o


When a piece takes another piece, you can say use the (x) notation.
In the case of a bishop taking the knight in f3, you can say: BxNf3

In the case you are in “check” by a move, you have to write: (+) at the end of the sentence.
The Black Knight moves in e2 and make a check: Ne2+ 

The same notation can be applied when a checkmate is made, the notation will be: (++)

A special move made by a pawn, the “en passant” can be translated by: (ep) at the end of the sentence.
This move is a typical case when a pawn moves to take the other pawn when this one move by two squares.
In the case below, you can write the move: d6(ep)


The post for tonight is short but I hope you enjoy it anyway.
It will help you to understand better the notation you see on chess tournament.

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