Chess notation


A Beginners' chess notation help sheet.

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Chess notation summary

The Chess Checker scoresheet boxes assist with beginner chess players in the learning of chess notation.

  1. piece box – identifying the chess piece (except pawns); as K, Q, R, B or N.
    Or identifying the pawn piece that makes a capture, by recording the pawn's departure square's column; as a to h.

  2. row or column box – when more than one identical pieces can be moved to the same destination square, then identifying the piece by recording the piece's departure square’s column, if the same column then use row;

  3. capture – a small x to indicate a piece makes a capture.

  4. target column – the column coordinate of the destination square; as a to h.

  5. target row – the row coordinate of the destination square; as 1 to 8.

  6. check or checkmate
    1. a small + to indicate the opponent's king is in check.
    2. a small # to indicate the opponent is in checkmate.

  7. promotion box – identifying the pawn piece is promoted to a given piece; as Q, R, B or N.