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Session # 11
THE ALGEBRAIC NOTATION


We are now going to learn how to record our game. The algebraic notation is the way that is used to record the game. Every good chess board should have letters in the bottom and numbers on the sides, with this we can now give each individual square a letter and number to represent it, like e4. Now If we can do the same with the pieces, we will be able to say which piece moves on which square. The pawn doesn't have a letter to represent it, the king, will be represented by: K , the Queen = Q, the Bishop = B, the Knight = N, the Rook = R. We can now identify the pieces and the squares with letter, numbers and symbols, we now need symbol to represent if it's a movement, a capture, a check, check mate, etc…

TABLE OF THE DIFFERENT SYMBOLS

Symbol
definition
example
-
moves to
Qb6-d4
+
Check
Qb6-d4+
x
captures
Qb6xd4
mate
check mate
Qb6-d4 mate
:
promoted pawn
e8 : Q
?
Bad move
Qb6-d4 ?
!
Good move
Qb6-d4 !
*0-0
Small castle
0-0
*0-0-0
Big castle
0-0-0
*++
double check
Qb6-d4++
½ ½
Draw
Qb6xd4 ½ ½
0-1
White loses or resings
Qb6-d4 0-1
1-0
Black loses or resisngs
Qb6-d4 1-0

*These symbols are not important for now, but will be by the end of the course.

Here is an example of how we prepare a sheet and how we write the game.

White: Joe
Black: Mark

Date: 12/09/2010

White

1. e2-e4
2. N-f3
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
(...)

Black

e7-e5
N-c6




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