1. Standard memberblinky100
    blinky100
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    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. Donationmwmiller
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    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 memberblinky100
    blinky100
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    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 memberblinky100
    blinky100
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    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. Donationmwmiller
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    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 memberblinky100
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    03 Jul '15 21:46
    Thank you for your help. This is exactly why I wouldn't trust myself!!😛
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    06 Jul '15 10:38
    I always remember Back Rank Mate
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