Chess Notation: cheat sheet!

by Olivia Smithies

If you want some help going through your chess book, look no further! Here is our quick cheat sheet with the main signs and symbols you need to know about algebraic notation.

Want some more tips on recording in algebraic notation? Check the full article here.

Piece

King
Queen
Bishop
Knight
Rook
Pawn

Symbol

K
Q
B
N
R
(blank)

Example

Kd8
Qh5
Bg2
Nc6
Re8
f6

Move

Piece capture



Pawn capture



Castling kingside

Castling queenside

Check



Checkmate



Pawn promotion



En passant


Great move


Mistake

Symbol

x



x



0-0

0-0-0

+



++ or #



= (piece)



(capture)e.p.


!


?

Example

Nxf2
Bxc8
Qxa1

exf2
hxg5
bxc6

0-0

0-0-0

g6+
Qb3+
Bxc6+

Nf8++
Qxf2#
Re1++

e8=Q
f1=N+
hxg1=R#

hxg6e.p.
cxb3e.p.+

Qc3!
Nxh1!

Bxc3?
h7+?

If you need a bit more help, or want to learn about ‘ambiguous moves’ check out our full article here. If your still can’t make heads or tails of your chess book, it may be written in descriptive notation – article coming soon!

If you want to have a go at recording your own games, below is some recording paper we recommend:

Ultimate Score Book

Want to record your tournament matches? This is for you. Comes with cardboard folders for storing your games.

£6.50

Refill Pad for Ultimate Score Book

When you have run out of score sheets in your 'Ultimate Score Book' top it up with a refill pad.

£4.00

Happy recording!

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