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I guess that would be Q(QR8)-Q5
Or would it be QQ-Q5?
Ehhh, to blazes with it! I'll offer a draw!
They seem to love shorthand in descriptive, such as P-K4 instead of KP-K4, so another possiblity could just be Q(8)-Q5 or Q(1)-Q5 since there is only one queen on each rank. It's interesting that they use so much shorthand yet some people refuse to use the even more concise algebraic.
I don't think most of these arguments are really based on reason, rather that they're based on personal tastes, which seem to be whatever they learnt when starting chess. The book I learnt the basic rules from was an old book with DN. A few weeks later and I still wasn't sure about the notation. I then discovered algebraic and learnt it in less than an hour, so I dropped DN. The difference is that I wasn't forced to use DN for several years like many of the older chess players.
I've come to feel that descriptive is too ambiguous. Sure, Nf3 means a knight moves from somewhere to f3, but N-B3 means some knight from somewhere moved to the third rank, from that player's perspecive, to some bishop's file. Descriptive relies a lot on context.
I also found it a bit awkward having to switch from each side to figure out how to read/write a move. Some people say that AN is backwards for black, but with AN one can easily write down something like Qa1 where as with DN one has to either write Q-R1 (or Q-QR1) or Q-R8 (Q-QR8), basically having to flip the board for each side.
i'm guessing there must have been some point to that. but for the life of me ....
Um, I meant to delete that last part. Gone.
As the saying goes, "Brevity is the soul of wit." Both prose and poetry benefit from efficiency.
Tell that to Proust (I just wish somebody had).
It's funny... I find 'long algebraic', which specifies the starting square as well as the destination and is used by some book publishers such as Edition Olms, to make visualization a little bit easier for me - and yet I find it harder (less natural) to read.
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