From a friend, 'Goturouge'

If anyone here plays chess to any lengths they'll know all about algebraic notation. Not in math, but chess. I'll explain in case some of you have no idea what I'm typing about.

All right, obviously that's a chess board. Notice the letters and numbers surrounding it--that's where the notation comes from. If white, for their first move, were to push the king pawn two squares, if would look something like this:

1.) e4

Black would then make his move. Let's say he decides to draw his knight to threaten that pawn.

1.) . . . Nf6

(Note: The ellipsis shows that that move follows whites 1.) move.)

Do you kind of get how it works now? I'll explain further.

All the pieces, except the pawns, have a capital letter to represent themselves before the letter-number indicating where they have moved. I'll give an example indicating where white's pieces are (exempting pawns) before anything has been moved at all (their initial positions).

Rooks - Ra1, Rh1

Knights - Nb1, Ng1

Bishops - Bc1, Bf1

Queen - Qd1

King - Ke1

With pawns you don't need to put any capital letter before them, simply type the square you've moved them to.

When a piece is attacking another piece (please, please, please, understand what that means), a lower case 'x' is used. Nxd6, Qxf2, Bxa8, etc.

I'm assuming everyone understands how this works, regardless of how much it seems I'm rambling.

There's one more little bit I want to explain, then I'll get on to the real meaning of this post. Let's say have your knights on d4 and f4 and you want to indicate moving one of them to e6. Well, they can both move to e6, how do we knock which one is being moved? Simple, if you're moving the d4 knight the notation looks something like this:

Nd-e6 (or, if attacking, Ndxe6)

And if it were the f4 pawn it looks like this:

Nf-e6 (or, if attacking, Nfxe6)

It will work the same for pawns, but only if two pawns are able to attack the same square.

Understand? I hope I haven't over complicated this, or over looked how complicated it actually is. If there are any questions just let me know.

This should explain it, questions can be asked to me and I will answer as best I can.

ALSO, for anyone who cares-we can play chess via notation on the boards or through PM, which would both help in learning the notation and help in skill of Chess

-Zaggy