Chess notation

Capital letters are used for the major pieces:

Q = Queen, K = King, R = Rook, B = Bishop and N = Knight

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Pawns are only known by the name of the square they are on;

eg e4

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The following symbols are also used:-

x means ‘takes’;

eg N x f3 (Knight takes the pawn on square f3)

eg c3 x d4 (the pawn on square c3 takes the pawn on d4)

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+ means ‘check’;

eg Q x Bb4+ (Queen takes the Bishop on square b4 and gives check)

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++ means ‘checkmate;

eg Rh8 ++ (Rook goes to square h8 and gives checkmate)