# What is the best resource to learn chess notation?

I want to learn Chess systematically from the beginning. Although, I have 700+ Elo on chess.com but I think, it is just a random play: sometimes luck and sometimes 4 moves checkmate (Bishop and Queen) helps or sometimes opponent is naïve than me or opponent resigns without playing and I get points.

Recently, I was reading Pawn Structure Chess by Andrew Soltis (and then planning to read Jeremy Silman - How to Reassess Your Chess) as I thought pawns are important part and their movement should be done with conscious choice and not treat them as useless chess pieces.

But I can't understand all notation while following Andrew Soltis' book:

I e4 e5
2 Nf3 Nc6 -> What does N mean?
3 Bb5 a6
4 Ba4 Nf6
5 o..o Be7 -> what is o..o?
6 Rel bS
7 Bb3 d6
8 c3 o..o
9 h3 Bb7 10 d4 Re8
11 Nbd2 Bf8
12 a4 h6
13 Bc2 exd4 what is x in exd4? 14 cxd4 Nb4
15 Bbl bxa4
16 Rxa4 a5
17 Ra3 Ra6 what is a in Ra3 and Ra6?

18 Nh2 g6

What is the best short book I should read (or YouTube tutorial or site I should see) to understand this chess notation to be able to read any chess book independently?

• if you search on youtube you will get a bunch of videos. If there is any youtuber you prefer watching chances are they will have a video on this topic Oct 24 at 11:31
• N stands for "kNight". 0-0 is short castling. The Wikipedia article on algebraic notation should be good enough I think. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algebraic_notation_(chess) Oct 24 at 18:16