Originally posted by Bill Ding
I don't understand the notation used to set up the board. could someone translate it to algebraic or show me how to read it?
Here is a copy of the related section of the FAQ in the Help. That should be enough to read the position.
"What is a FEN?
A FEN is a representation of a single position in a game of chess. Here is the FEN of the position after white makes the first move of the game - PK4.
rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/4P3/8/PPPP1PPP/RNBQKBNR b QKqk e3 0 1
The first part of the FEN gives the position of the pieces on the board. Lower case letters indicate black pieces, upper case letters indicate white pieces and numbers represent the number of empty squares between pieces. The FEN reads from the top-left of the board to the bottom-right of the board.
The b indicates that it is black's turn to move.
The QKqk indicates that both sides have queen-side and kind-side castling still available
e3 indicates that square e3 is open to an en passant capture.
The 0 shows that no moves have been made since the last pawn move or piece capture.
If this reaches 50, the game is drawn (except in certain, defined, end-games).
The final 1 shows that this is the first move of the game. This number is incremented directly after each of black's moves."