# Questions tagged [notation]

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 older books that use it.

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### Please explain chess Notation? [duplicate]

Although I love chess, I don't understand how to describe the positions on the board and moves of the chess pieces using numbers and letters. I tried to understand it by myself in hopes to answer an ...
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### Automatically-generated notations in ten varieties… are they correct?

I wrote a program that converts moves in ICCF notation into a total of ten notations: SAN FAN LAN MAN RAN CRAN Smith Descriptive Coordinate ICCF I previously posted a question asking for suggestions ...
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### Omitting piece letters in pgn

Is it possible or common practice to omit piece letters (other than P) in PGN as long as the move is unambiguous? E.g. h1xBh8 From what I understand from http://www.saremba.de/chessgml/standards/...
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### Converting square notation to algebraic notation programmatically

I'm not sure if this is the right place to put this question, but it requires a fair amount of chess background so I decided to post it here. Square notation describes moves by simply noting the ...
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### Question about solutions given in a chess book for mate-in-two and mate-in-three

I recently purchased the book "Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations, and Games" by Laszlo Polgar, just to learn more about moves. This book has 3411 "Mate in two" problems and 743 "Mate in three" ...
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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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### Is it legal to record moves that have not yet been played?

In a hypothetical tournament game where there is a completely forced series of moves for your opponent (e.g. their next move is an only-move and you have already decided on the response), would it be ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 step ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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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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### Differences between FEN and EPD?

I just read the description of FEN (Forsythā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: ...