Recording the moves is a big step up from casual player to competitive player. This week some of the kids learnt how to record the moves.
The squares on a chess board each have a unique coordinate. The columns start with a and go to h which we also call files and the rows from 1 to 8 also called ranks. See below board.
For chess notation we abbreviate each of the chess pieces as follows:-
Pawn Space when moving and the file it was on when capturing.
There are also some special notations we need to know
Castle king's 0-0
Castle queen's 0-0-0
When we make a move we name the piece (The abbreviation from the list above) and the square it is moving to.
If two pieces can move to the same square usually knights or rooks we name the piece the rank or file it was on and the square it is moving to.
Here is an example game.
1.e4 the king's pawn moves forward two squares, c5 Black's queen's bishop pawn moves forward 2.
Recording the moves is easy, but takes a little practice to get used to.