# Confused!

I received "Fischer, My 60 memorable games" for mothers day.  I wanted to play out his matches with my magnetic chess board to get an idea of how the "greats" of this game play.  Here is my confusion:

Chess moves shown from the book:

1     e4          c5

2     Nf3          e6

3     d3          ...

Can someone tell me how you get to c5 on your first move?

The next group of moves repeats "3"

3     ...          Nc6

Does anyone understand the "..."??  Thanks, I hope someone else understands this and will help.

• 19 months ago

Thank u for your comments "square deal" & "kco". I hope to be a "monster" soon.

• 19 months ago

Simple.

The elipsis (...) means this: In chess, a move consists of a "move" by white, and a "move" by black. (A "move" by only one side or the other is called a ply). When notating play, the moves are numbered. For example,

1 e4 e5 is one move, the first move (white's first move and black's first move). If you are only referring to a ply by white (who moves first) one could write 1 e4. But what if you want to refer to the ply by black? How do you know that it's the black ply being referred to? By writing 1...e5, thus indicating that the white ply is not written, and that you are referring to the "move" by black.

By the way, if you manage to review and grasp all the games in that book, you will soon become a monster. Regards.

• 19 months ago

1.... Nf6 is mean black has move it knight to the f6 sq. the (....) replaced the white position it let you know that Nf6 really belong to the black.

• 19 months ago

Hmmm. Looking at it again. I believe the ... Is that he decided to comment before showing his next move. Ok thanks again for your help. Your a doll!

• 19 months ago

I'm not sure about the .... , but I think it could mean every possible move. Is it used in a context like Dxh7 .... Dxg8#? In this case ... would mean it does not matter which move there is played Dxc8 with mate is always possible.

• 19 months ago

He was 14 when he played this game.

• 19 months ago

Thanks Monoceros!  I was counting the 2nd move from the top not the bottom HA!  So simple.  Thank you!  Now do you know what the "..." might mean in a move?  It doesn't explain it.

• 19 months ago

Aren't this the moves? ?? means bad move I believe.