09 July 2013

Notation, Notation, Notation

Rose wanted to learn it, so Emperor is teaching her.  She still isn't quite sure how to make all her letters without a model, so she has a little motivation now.  Algebraic notation is easy.  Use a K for king, Q for queen, B for bishop, N for knight and R for rook.  Then write down which square the piece went to.  For pawns, you only write the landing square.

Here is part of Emperor's recent game against Dr. C.  Emperor is white and moves his pawn to the d4 square.  Dr. C is black and during his first move, he moved his knight to f6, and so on.
It gets a little harder when you take pieces or castle.  Move 5 shows Emperor doing a kingside castle.  Rose is not even in kindergarten yet and she has many of the basics down, so I'm not exaggerating at all when I tell you that it isn't as hard as you might imagine to learn. 


  1. That actually looks like a great way to introduce a bunch of concepts and skills ...assuming you're interested in chess [smile]. Nice.


  2. I can't believe Rose knows how to play chess! Heck, I still can't. boo hoo! lol

  3. Rose is growing up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. I've never seen a teaching chess board before. One of those might have made my learning experience more fun. I've never understood all the strategies involved, we always just moved pieces around and hoped to win.


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