2013-11-24

History of Chess Notations

(This post is for those chess players out there.)

I just came across a Wikipedia page explaining the history of chess notations and there is some amusing stuff there.

These days, chess notation usually looks something like e2-e3 (long form) which stands for a pawn move in column e, from row 2 to row 3. For those that don't know, some chess players write down chess moves in order to help remember how the game progressed.

But,

How did history write chess notations?

Imagine that you want to take note that a Knight moved to F3. Today, you would just write Nf3 and be done. Here's how they did it throughout history:

In 1946, the standard was N-KB3

In 1848, the standard was K. Kt. to B's 3rd.

In 1750, they used K. knight to His Bishop's 3d.

In 1614, The white king commands his owne knight into the third house before his owne bishop.


Find out more information from my source, Wikipedia: <link>

~ Danial Goodwin ~

ps - For those that don't know, every chess board nowadays has each of the squares labeled alpha-numerically using A-H and 1-8.



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