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Letter #22 -  2003

Sub:    Rookie
Date:   6/5/2003 9:52:52 PM MDT
From:  Luis


I have a doubt about Chess and would like to know if you can help me with a question.

I've just started to play and I have seen the commented games in your page. I have tried to understand the notation in the games. I'd like to follow the games notations but I just can't get it.

For example: “Black doesn't dare to take the Pawn. If 45... Rxg7 46. Rxg7 Kxg7 47. Kxd5 Kf7 48. Kd6 Ke8 49. Kc7 Ke7 50. d5, and the Pawn cannot be stopped.

The only thing that is clear to me is that “45... refers to the move number 45 (I think). But what I do not understand is why “K x “g7 means if the board has only a, b, c, d, e, f, g and h letters.

Well, the truth is that I know almost nothing about this notation. I will appreciate very much if you can explain in detail this matter.

Greetings and thank you for your website.

Dear viewer,

Kxg7 refers to King captures the piece on square g7.

On this type of notation, the pieces are named after the first letter of their own name.

The Chess pieces are written in uppercase letters:


The squares are always written in lowercase letters and numbers: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h / 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Thus, Nxc4 means “The Knight captures the piece located on c4” and Nc4 means “The Knight moves to c4 square.”

Further information can be found at the following page:

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