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  1. Standard member blinky100
    blinky100
    03 Jul '15 18:56
    I feel so stupid asking this question after playing chess for 45 years but I am trying to help out a newbie and don't want to feed him misinformation. Rank and file...horizontal is rank, vertical is file???
  2. Donation mwmiller
    RHP Member No. 16
    03 Jul '15 19:31
    Originally posted by blinky100
    I feel so stupid asking this question after playing chess for 45 years but I am trying to help out a newbie and don't want to feed him misinformation. Rank and file...horizontal is rank, vertical is file???
    Yes. Rank = vertical / numbers and File = horizontal / letters.

    This may help, for future reference. ---> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_chess
  3. Standard member blinky100
    blinky100
    03 Jul '15 19:37
    Yeah, I actually consulted wikipedia but I distrust the info as I have found it to be occasionally wrong and could not afford giving incorrect info to someone else. Thanks for the confirmation though.
  4. Standard member blinky100
    blinky100
    03 Jul '15 19:52
    Now I am really confused...wikipedia and my memory see the files as being vertical and the ranks being horizontal...you description is diametrically opposite?????
  5. Donation mwmiller
    RHP Member No. 16
    03 Jul '15 21:27
    Originally posted by blinky100
    Now I am really confused...wikipedia and my memory see the files as being vertical and the ranks being horizontal...you description is diametrically opposite?????
    Good catch! Yes, I have it totally backwards.
    I should have read what I posted a little closer before posting it!

    Rank = horizontal and File = vertical.
    From white's side of the board the ranks are numbered 1 to 8 and
    the files are a to h from left to right.
  6. Standard member blinky100
    blinky100
    03 Jul '15 21:46
    Thank you for your help. This is exactly why I wouldn't trust myself!!
  7. 06 Jul '15 10:38
    I always remember Back Rank Mate