- 12 Nov '07 11:22If you bring up a game display and then in the light blue bar, Left-Click on "Game History", a panel with the moves played in the game so far will appear. RHP uses full algebraic in this record, giving both the square moved from and the one moved to. What you give in your example is actually abbreviated algebraic, (only the square moved to unless there is the possibility of confusion, when some distinguishing character must be included).
- 12 Nov '07 12:02

Actually I'm trying to learn algebraic and not doing well at it, I'm the generation brought up on Forsyth notation and it's a bigger change than just going metric! I thought the letters and numbers shown on the board and in the Game History were algebraic, that's why I asked.*Originally posted by georgiecasey***ok, just noticed the amount of moves you have, :-). it's obvious you know algebraic.** - 13 Nov '07 22:41

Forsyth must be 1. P-K4 P-QB4 kind of thing right?*Originally posted by MissOleum***Actually I'm trying to learn algebraic and not doing well at it, I'm the generation brought up on Forsyth notation and it's a bigger change than just going metric! I thought the letters and numbers shown on the board and in the Game History were algebraic, that's why I asked.** - 14 Nov '07 16:43

No . This is 'Descriptive Notation'.*Originally posted by AThousandYoung***Forsyth must be 1. P-K4 P-QB4 kind of thing right?**

'Forsyth Notation' is the method used to record an actual position.

It reads off the board square by square like the lines on a page of print, from a8 to h8, then a7 to h7 etc, until h1 is reached. Use capital letters to denote White's men, lower case letters for Black's, and figures for empty squares. See : -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forsyth-Edwards_Notation

for a fuller description. - 14 Nov '07 17:10 / 2 editsI did a google search for "chess notation defined" and found one site that gave this example of notation styles for the same sequence of moves.

Full Algebraic

1.d2-d4 Ng8-f6

2.c2-c4 e7-e5

3.d4xe5 Nf6-g4

4.Ng1-f3 Nb8-c6

5.Bc1-f4 Bf6-b4+

6.Nb1-d2 Qd8-e7

7.a2-a3 Ng4xe5

8.a3xb4? Ne5-d3#

Short Algebraic

1.d4 Nf6

2.c4 e5

3.dxe5 Ng4

4.Nf3 Nc6

5.Bf4 Bb4+

6.Nbd2 Qe7

7.a3 Ngxe5

8.axb4? Nd3#

Descriptive

1.P-Q4 Kt-KB3

2.P-QB4 P-K4

3.PxP Kt-Kt5

4.Kt-KB3 Kt-QB3

5.B-B4 B-Kt5 ch

6.QKt-Q2 Q-K2

7.P-QR3 KKtxKP

8.PxB? Kt-Q6 mate

The notation used in our "game history" window isn't the same as any of the above examples, by the way. (similar but slightly different....)

The site also included examples of the FEN type notation that is not a record of moves in a game but rather is a way of making a notation of a specific board position at any particular time. (I think FEN stands for 'Forsyth-Edwards notation, doesn't it?)

Anyway, this might be helpful.

Marc - 16 Nov '07 15:27

I'm sorry, but if you reslly did find this in a book the book is a poor one,and anyone who told you this was mistaken. See my post of*Originally posted by georgiecasey*

[b]well i always remember books and people telling me that 1.P-Q4 Kt-KB3 is called forsyth, the american notation we were told.

14 Nov '07 16:43 in this thread and the wikipedia article given.

Forsyth was actually editor of a newspaper, the "Glasgow Weekly Herald" and invented this method of recording a position in 1883.