Originally posted by tiger2Maybe that's why it's called algebraic notation?!
Having picked up the newspaper section on chess, thinking I would strengthen my game by following the exploits of the professionals, I find myself staring in confusion at what looks to me like a long list of algebra!
Originally posted by tiger2these are part of what's called "algebraic chess notation".
I would be extremely grateful if anyone would kindly enlighten my meagre understanding of chess terms.
To whit, phrases like 'Nb8d7' or terms with an exclamation mark, like 'Qf3e3!' mean nothing to me. I understand that these are che ...[text shortened]... these matters would be much appreciated.
Originally posted by buddy2I think it's easier to play blindfold chess using algebraic notation rather than descriptive.
Why do they call it algabraic? It has nothing to do with algebra. They should call it alphanumeric? Right? Anyway I learned with the old system P-KR3 for h3, so I am now bilingual in chess nomenclature!
Originally posted by AThousandYoungNonetheless, I still maintain that descriptive notation is more intuitive. It better describes the relationships between the pieces. I'm not moving an h pawn! I'm moving a king rook pawn! The second statement includes the implications (kingside pawn push, etc.) more than the first.
P-KR3 requires more letters to write. In addition, it is unclear exaclty which square is KR3. You have to know whose KR3 it is. h3 is easier than "White's KR3."
Originally posted by paultopiaGlad to see there's some other "old timers" here who don't care for that darbrun, newfangled algebraic! And as most of my chess books are older than Dick Cheney, I'm still used to P-K4 and I'm sticking to it!!!
Nonetheless, I still maintain that descriptive notation is more intuitive. It better describes the relationships between the pieces. I'm not moving an h pawn! I'm moving a king rook pawn! The second statement includes the implications (kingside pawn push, etc.) more than the first.
Originally posted by lauseydidn't really forget it...you can write exd6 and if it's en passant then it is clear anyway...no info is lost by not writing "e.p."
You all forgot to mention the en passant move in your notation (e.g. exd6ep or dxc3ep). Obviously the capturing pawn in this case can only possibly land on the 3rd (for black) or 6th (for white) rank.