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Letter #44 -  2012

Sub:    Question about columns and rows
11/08/12  07:03:19
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 horizontal.

I will appreciate any help you can provide.

Dear viewer

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.

Board coordinates

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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