Originally posted by Phlabibit
My first book was in descriptive. What a junk system, since the board is different for both players!
I prefer short algebra... right down to ab for a pawn capture rather than axb.
I prefer algebraic notation, but more extended than only short.
When a piece is taken, I not only note that with a 'x' but also what piece being taken (unless it is a pawn).
Example: Bd4xQe5 meaning bishop on d4 takes the queen at e5.
The benefit of this is that it is possible to track down moves even backwards. It's not possible with short algebraic. You never know what piece being removed from the board.