Lesson 6 - The Notation Of Chess Moves

If you do not know the chess rules, I recommend you to go through the tutorial on the chess rules before continuing with this tutorial.

Here is the plan I propose for this lesson:

Now that you are mastering the chess rules, the next step is to improve your game. Since the game of chess has been there for a very long time, we have the chance to analyse and study the games played previously by top players. This gives us the opportunity to learn from their good or bad moves. Moreover, the best method available for a chess player to improve his game is to write down and note his own games so he will be able to replay them and learn from his mistakes. Several notation methods were created to help chess players to document, analyse and replay chess games:

  • The algebraic notation
  • The Koch notation
  • The Gringmuth notation
  • The Uedemann code
  • The Forsyth notation
  • The descriptive notation

We are going to learn the algebraic notation in this lesson as it is the most popular nowadays.  You might find some of the others in old chess books. If you fall on one of them, it is possible to find information on Wikipedia about them.

Philippe Stamma introduced the algebraic notation for the first time in his book "Le Noble Jeu des échecs" (1745). The excellent French player François-André Danican Philidor (1726-1795) contributed to popularize it. This notation is officially approved by the FIDE (Fédération Internationale Des Échecs) and is used by chess fans all over the world.

Let's continue the lesson with the next page on the algebraic notationonline chess tutorial.