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# Notation

| 1 | For Beginners

I have noticed that many chess.com players, and chess players who don't play on chess.com, do not know how to write notation, which is used to look back on your game to see your strong moves and weak moves.

Notation is really pretty simple:

• You write what piece (in it's notation form), then right where it moves.
• The sides of the boards in chess.com have numbers and letters. These are the coordinates. You write your piece code, then write the letter which is located directly under the vertical rows, the the number located next to the horizontal rows.
• Kings are written as K.
• Queens are written as Q.
• Bishops are written as B.
• Knights are written as N (yes, N).
• Rooks are written as R
• Pawns are not written with a specific code. For a basic move. You write only where it moves. Example: e4
• When you capture a piece, you write the piece's specific code, then x, the write the space it ends up in. Example: Rxe4.
• When a pawn captures a piece, you right the exact location of it's previous square, x, then the square it ends up in. Example: e4xf5
• If the king is placed in check, write + just after the move. Example: Qf4+
• If the pawn promotes, there are a few ways to write it out. My personal form is writting out the pawn move, just like above, the writting the piece you change into in parenthesis. Example: e8(Q)
• If the king is placed in checkmate, you write out the move, then write # or ++.