Letter #44 - 2012
Question about columns and rows
From: Maria Lobo
Hello, a warm greeting.
I am a preschool
Teacher and I’m learning Chess to teach my students and I have a
question. In some books I have
consulted, I get confused over the position of files and columns
which you call them rows.
I would like you to
clarify this matter since in some books files are horizontal and you
picture them vertical and columns are illustrated by you as
I will appreciate any
help you can provide.
A Chess board is divided into files
or columns (labeled with letters) and ranks or rows (labeled with numbers.)
The board has 8 files that go up and down
across the board and are referred to by letters from left to right.
Likewise, the board has 8 ranks that go from side to side across the board and are referred to by numbers
from bottom to up.
The first horizontal row of the white
pieces is used for the denomination of all columns. The squares of
such columns are named from left to right with the letters a, b, c,
d, e, f, g, and h. The first vertical column is used for the
denomination of all ranks. The squares of such ranks are named from
down to up with the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.
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