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

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