Chess Scoresheet

The “scoresheet” in a chess game is a written record of the game in a “chess notation”. Usually it’s a chess-specific two-column piece of formatted paper, allowing each side’s chess moves to be recorded in its own column. Sometimes there’s a carbon copy duplicate, so you can give one copy to the referee and keep the duplicate copy.

Recording the Game

Most tournaments require that you keep a written record of the chess game on a scoresheet. Some junior tournaments don’t require this. And many rapid-play tournaments don’t require writing the game either. Even in longer tournament games, there is usually a rule that removes the requirement to write down the moves if you have too little time on the clock.

At the end of the game, there is the ritual of “signing the scoresheets” to record the win, loss, or draw.

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