# Algebraic Chess Notation

Algebraic chess notation is the modern way of writing a chess game using the letters “a-h” and the numbers “1-8” to represent the squares. The pieces are each given a name as a single letter (e.g. Q for Queen), but no letter for the pawns. So the start of a Ruy Lopez looks like: “1. e4 e5, 2. Nf3 Nc6, 3.Bb5”. For more detail, see: Chess Notation.

## Older Chess Notation Styles

Alternative styles of chess notation include “Classical Chess Notation” (the older style), and computer-friendly styles such as “Reversible Algebraic Notation”.

## Related Chess Rules Topics

Read more about these related chess rules, chess puzzles, and other chess tactics and strategies:

- Chess Scoresheet
- Classical Chess Notation
- Algebraic Notation
- Tournament Rules
- Tournament Etiquette