I am reading a book on chess openings called 51 Chess Openings for Beginners by Bruce Albertson and the author uses notation like so:

  1. ...†† Kxf7

What does the †† mean? I know a single means check however the author doesn't (to my knowledge) explain what the †† is meant to signify.

EDIT: here's a screenshot to provide some context of its usage

excerpt from chess book the next page

  • Are the three dots (...) from the original source or inserted by you to replace white's preceding move? Because I would expect the ++ to be written after a move, not before one. – Annatar Jul 6 '17 at 6:16
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    It seems rather bizarre that you have a question about a book but do not identify the book. Is it that you don't know the title and author of the book (the title page has been ripped out maybe?), or you just don't want us to know? – bof Jul 6 '17 at 22:51
  • @bof "51 Chess Openings for Beginners" -- Bruce Albertson – ThaDon Jul 7 '17 at 4:04

If † means check, then †† means a double check. A double check is when two pieces give check at the same time. For example:

[White "NN"]
[Black "NN"]
[FEN "7k/8/5Rpn/8/3Q4/8/8/7K w - - 0 1"]
[SetUp "1"]
[CurrentPosition "6nk/5N2/6K1/8/8/8/8/8 b - - 1 2"]


If this does not apply to the position in question, then you should know that †† is sometimes generically used to indicate a footnote.

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    Rarely, I have also seen ++ to be used as a symbol for checkmate in older books (where double check only got a single +). This is just for completeness, in this particular case the ++ cannot possible mean checkmate (because of the following Kxf7). – Annatar Jul 6 '17 at 6:22
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    I'm not sure if the symbols in the question are intended to be plus signs (in which case they'd represent double-check or checkmate), or if they're intended to be daggers (in which case I assume they have some editorial meaning I don't know about). – patbarron Jul 6 '17 at 7:12
  • Added an excerpt from the book to provide context – ThaDon Jul 6 '17 at 12:33
  • @patbarron I'm leaning toward your "dagger" explanation. Seems like the author is saying "this is the move I will elaborate on" – ThaDon Jul 6 '17 at 13:31
  • D M, I believe your footnote theory is on the right track. I think it's meant to state "the focus of the following paragraphs will be on this move" – ThaDon Jul 6 '17 at 13:50

Well, after your update I come to the conclusion that these signs are used by the author to mark the omission of the notation of the respective move by White.

This is not a common usage of them, and I have never seen it before. It should be documented somewhere at the beginning or end of the book. But I'd not be surprised if it's not, since it doesn't reflect a healthy common sense to use the check symbol of all things for this purpose to begin with..

  • Yeah, the first page he has an index of notation and nowhere is a double cross mentioned! It's so strange. Maybe a testament to the need of a non-subject matter expert to review a book before it's published ;) – ThaDon Jul 6 '17 at 13:24
  • I posted another page, now I suspect this is to denote "in the paragraph below I'll describe this move" as @patbarron had eluded in another answer – ThaDon Jul 6 '17 at 13:30
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    Oh god, a triple chess sign. Throw away this book. – Annatar Jul 6 '17 at 13:35
  • (just joking, but.. really..) – Annatar Jul 6 '17 at 13:35
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    Yes, you will get used to it ;) – Annatar Jul 6 '17 at 13:46

Single plus sign means a check. Here the king can move, or a piece can interpose (place itself in between the checking piece and the king) to prevent the check, or the checking piece can be captured.

Double plus means a double check. Here the king has to move only.

  • In the single check, another possibility is to capture the checking piece, something cannot be done in Double Check. – William Nathanael Jul 6 '17 at 10:30
  • Added an excerpt from the book to provide context – ThaDon Jul 6 '17 at 12:34

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