Notation refers to any formalized method of recording chess games so they can be replayed and shared later. Common notations include algebraic, figurine algebraic, descriptive, and the digital PGN format. Descriptive notation is considered obsolete, though familiarity with it allows one to read ...

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On blunders in PGNs

Let us say that I commit a blunder in a chess game. One that is deserving for a ??, a mate in one let us say. My opponent misses it. With what mark should the move be written in a pgn? Left markless, ...
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What does “+-” mean in algebraic notation?

I'm familiar with chess notation, but this has left me scratching my head. Looking at this answer, I see two games ending with moves marked as "+-" or "-+" (plus-minus or minus-plus). What does this ...
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Is there any software (open source and/or free) that reads chess notation?

I would like to convert a chess notation into a game. How to do that? I have a game in algebraic notation, let say, 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 h6 3.d4 e6 4.c3 Nf6 5.Bd3 a6 6.Bc2 Be7 7.Qd3 b5 8.b3 Qc7 9.Nbd2 Bb7 ...
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Numerical FEN writing

What is the most compressed way to "write" a chessboard as an integer considering en passant and castling as always possible no matter what.
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Is there a space between the move number and the move algebraic notation?

I know everyone will say that this is a stupid question, but I'm going to ask it anyway... Is there a space between the move number and the move algebraic notation? In other words, which of these is ...
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Why do Super GMs still have to write down their moves at tournaments?

I thought that the boards can register the moves electronically. What is the point of writing them down?
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Tools for automated notation: webcam movie to PGN

Sometimes during blitz games over the board, or when in zeitnot, it gets very difficult to annotate them. I've seen several software / hardware to help in writing the notation, even one that's FIDE ...
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Move first, record later; or vice-versa?

Is it better to teach young players to record their move first and then make it? Or should they be taught to move first and write later? Is one considered better etiquette over the other?
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Parsing PGN files - when can a move be shortened?

I'm writing a PGN file parser, and need to know in which situations you don't need to write the rank/file of a piece that makes the move. I can think of the following: only one piece can conduct the ...
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Following the moves from the black’s point of view

I am an intermediate level chess enthusiast. I have noticed that one of the main hindrances that slows down my progress is that I have never been able to internalize the algebraic notation and lack a ...
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Where can I find images for vector chess diagrams?

Chess diagrams are simple, icon-based images and there's no reason they need to be raster images. I've seen many threads started on this topic throughout the web, always unanswered.
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What does [6/10]-611 stand for?

I am using Chess for Android app by Aart Bik. Fairly easy to use and understand (and difficult to beat). I get these numbers displayed below the noted moves and I think these are analysis symbols ...
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Why is algebraic notation called algebraic?

How does algebra relate to this chess notation? Why do they call this chess notation algebraic?
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Does a non-copyrighted scoresheeet exist that I can print out instead of purchasing pre-printed sheets?

Please provide a download link for a scoresheet for recording moves during match-play. I could format my own but why reinvent the wheel? I am happy to provide a sample as an illustration.
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I would like an iPad app for annoting my games

I would like an app for annotating my games and/or replay others' games. Do you have any suggestions?
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Is this case considered an ambiguity or not?

From the answer to my question How are PGN ambiguities handled?: In the case of ambiguities (multiple pieces of the same type moving to the same square), the first appropriate disambiguating ...
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What is the origin of descriptive notation?

Algebraic Notation is the modern standard for recording chess games. It is easily human-readable, yet it can be parsed by computers without difficulty. Descriptive notation predates algebraic ...
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How are PGN ambiguities handled?

How are ambiguities handled when writing the PGN when more than one piece of the same type can move into the same square?: [FEN "1R4QQ/R1R4Q/8/6pP/5P1P/8/NK1k4/1N1N4 w - g6 0 1"] Note: White to ...
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Differences between FEN and EPD?

I just read the description of FEN (Forsyth–Edwards Notation) and EPD (Extended Position Description), I have a basic idea of what they are, but I still have some points that are not entirely clear: ...
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At what time control do you stop recording your moves?

I've been to a 15|2 (Fischer) tournament where it was not necessary to record your moves and I've also played in longer games where it was expected. My question is at what time limit are you no longer ...
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How do I learn to visualize algebraic notation?

So, now based upon the recommendation from this question, How do I learn to understand the middlegame?, I bought how to Reassess Your Chess. It's pretty interesting, but I am struggling some with ...
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Is it common to reverse the rank and file in chess notation?

I was watching an episode of Sesame Street that had to do with playing chess. In a short film, there is a chess master that was going over some moves with school kids and I remember one of the kids ...
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When and why was the notation changed from descriptive to algebraic?

When I was young I used to play chess with the the old form of notation KB (King Bishop square number), even books used to have the same notation, then later found that everyone was using algebraic, ...