Notation For Using A2K Chess Widget

Reply Sun 29 Mar, 2009 03:05 pm
The A2K "chess widget" requires players to write moves in "algebraic notation. I will try to give a brief explantion.


Each square on the chess board has only one possible description in algebraic chess notation. The columns (files) are labeled "a" through "h". The rows (ranks) are labeled "1" through "8". Thus, a square can be described by its coordinates. For example: "d1" describes the square currently occupied by the White queen. "d8" describes the square currently occupied by the Black queen.
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Reply Sun 29 Mar, 2009 03:17 pm
The symbols for the pieces:
K = King
Q = Queen
R = Rook
B = Bishop
N = kNight

Algebraic notation does not use a symbol for pawns. A pawn move is simply described by the square it moves to. For example the notation "e4" describes the pawn move from "e2" to "e4".

Other symbols:
x = captures
+ = check
# = checkmate
0-0 = castle kingside
0-0-0 = castle queenside
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