How to write and read Chess Moves
Learn chess notation to be able to read and replay chess games. While playing a game of chess you make a list of chess moves. You write down each move after you made it.
To record each move in your game we use Algebraic Notation. In a serious tournament game, it is a rule, that you write down every move.
You are going to find this kind of notating chess moves among all chess organizations and in most chess books, chess magazines, and newspapers.
In earlier times another system called Descriptive Chess Notations was used, but Algebraic Notation is much easier and is standard now.
Every piece (other than pawns) is identified by an uppercase letter. This letter is the first letter in the name of that piece. But the letter depends on the language that is spoken by the player recording.
In English-speaking countries players use K for king, Q for queen, B for bishop, N for knight and R for rook. (The N is used for the knight because K is already used for the king. The N stands for nightrider).
German players use S (springer) for the knight. French players use F (fou) for the bishop. Other languages may use different letters.
For the pawn, there is no letter used, so a pawn move is easily recognized by absence of a letter.The Move
Now read the chess notation here in this example below!
|1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6||3.Bc4 Bc5|
|4.c3 Nf6||5.d3 d6|
|6.0-0 0-0||7.Bb3 a6|
If you understand chess notation you can replay all chess games that interest you and study fascinating chess variations played throughout the chess world.
Always write down your games properly and collect them. To improve your chess it is very important to study the mistakes made in your old games and learn from them.
Example: My chess notation in German.