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north 26 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess Notation Formats Just a curious question: Does anyone know the American Notation for recording moves? I use it myself, and am just wondering; even though most use the German Method...
mattchess 7 ( +1 | -1 )
??? Did not know there was an "American" and a "German" - I thought algebraic was algebraic?
acne 3 ( +1 | -1 )
I don't know. Please tell me.
north 20 ( +1 | -1 )
Notation The German Method is what GK uses; it's the easiest for problems and records. American is when each move is recorded from the perspective of each side. Thus, on GK, the move 1. e4....e5; would be 1. P-K4....P-K4 in the American way.
derolleole 55 ( +1 | -1 )
There's at least... .., one other form of notation:

The Udemann-Code
aka telegraphic notation
first released 1882 in the journal "Brentano Chess Monthly" by Luis Udemann

description of the rows, beginning by each basic row, with A,E,I,O

description of the lines : on the "white side" of the board from left to right with B,C,D,F,G,H,K,L

on the "black side" of the board with M,N,P,R,S,T,W

each move is described by the "origin field" and the "target field"

an example:

1. GEGO (e4) SESO (e5)
2. KAHI (Kn f3) NAPI (Kn c6)
3. HANO (Bb5) MEMI (a6)
4. NOPI (Bxc6) REPI (dxc6)

Comfortably dumb, Ole
derolleole 27 ( +1 | -1 )
Also another one... ... is the "numeric notation" (don't know, if I translated it right)

There aren't any letters in that notation, lines are described as numbers, as a=1, b=2, c=3 etc.

Another example:

1. 5254 (e4) 5755 (e5)
2. 7163 (Kn f3) 7866 (Kn f6)
3. 6355 (Knxe5) 4746 (d6)
4. 5563 (Kn f3) 6654 (Knxe4)

Comfortably dumb, Ole
acne 2 ( +1 | -1 )
thank you north.
calmrolfe 66 ( +1 | -1 )
P-K4 has always been known as descriptive notation (I doubt the validity of calling it American)

e4 is algebraic notation

Another form of notation not yet mentioned is forsythe notation (r2k3r/ppp2Qpp/etc). This is useful for jotting down positions at an adjournment or for remembering a position at the end of a casual game.

Kind regards,

tonlesu 12 ( +1 | -1 )
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north 35 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess Notations I have heard of the Forsythe Notation. Calmrolfe: The validity of the 'American' and 'German' notations is direct description from a grandmaster book I have, published in 1908. They say the Forsythe is good for creating chess problems, while the 'German' (Algebraic) is the simplest. north
calmrolfe 57 ( +1 | -1 )
tonlesu Oh no !! This is the worst case of "slippery letter syndrome" that I have ever encountered. The use of a good dictionary may help alleviate the problem. The thicker the better. Place the dictionary under your chair and the extra height may enable you to see the keyboard better.

You are right though, the use of notation led to a great advancement of Chess, as games could then be recorded for posterity.

Congratulations on passing Stage One of your Finnish language exam (scongratulationay onay gpassinay estagay oneay ofay ryouay Finnishay elanguagay examay).

Kind regards,

Cal :)