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ChessOps - Forms of CHESS NOTATION

Chess notation is the written means of recording the moves of a game. There are three main types:

  1. Algebraic (or Continental) Notation
    Describes every square on the board by a unique reference (ie. a1 to h8, each square denoted in lowercase). Algebraic is sanctioned by F.I.D.E. (The International Chess Federation). A major difference in the description of pieces is N(=Knight). More
  2. Descriptive (or English) Notation
    Moves are recorded from the viewpoint of the player making them, so that each square either of two descriptions (eg. White's Q4 is Black's Q5). Squares are also denoted in uppercase only. A major difference in the description of pieces is Kt(=Knight), although this is increasingly being replaced by the N letter. More
  3. Forsyth Notation
    A quick and easy method of noting the current position of all material on the board in adjourned games. More

Click here to compare notations for a game position in both Algebraic and Descriptive. The same game is also separately recorded in Forsythe.

Basics - Development Notation Notation 1 - Algebraic Basics - History
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