Learn Chess Notation – The Language of Chess! How to Read & Write Chess Moves! Basics for Beginners

In this video, we will learn chess notation, which is basically the language of chess. We will discuss how to read, write and talk about chess. I will also show you how to write chess moves & we will also cover all chessboard basics. This is a very basic yet important video for beginners & kids who have just started playing chess. Algebraic Chess Notation is the standard method of writing down moves and this is how you will see it in popular chess books, magazines, online chess games and apps. Learning chess notation is very important because this is how you will be recording & notating your moves in chess tournaments. I would suggest you watch by ‘How to Play Chess’ video as well since it will help you understanding the basics rules & regulations of chess.
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Learn Chess Notation in Just 11 minutes. Click on the timestamps below to jump directly to a specific topic:
0:00 Chess Notation – Importance and Basics
0:31 Concept of Files and Ranks on the Chess Board
1:04 Naming the Squares on the Chessboard
1:41 Naming Chess Pieces
2:17 Notating Chess Moves
3:57 Notation for Capture Moves in Chess
4:37 Notation for Pawn Promotion in Chess
5:15 Notating a Check
5:58 Notating a Checkmate
6:37 Notation for Castling in Chess
7:00 Notation for En Passant in Chess
7:33 How to Notate Moves when Identical Pieces can move to the Same Square
10:38 Chess Notation Test

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900 Comments

  1. I understood these notation but i cannot help using notation to identify the moves fast in games… what can i do?

  2. I don’t even know how to thank you you’ve helped me a lot more than you know thank you so much

  3. Actually I will be playing OTB Chess Tournament for my college for the first time in classical format…This video is helpful and handy…Thankyou very much😍

  4. Loved the Qh4xe1#. I had never come across such a situation previously so I learnt something new there. Also in en passant, I think I have seen 'en.' or something used just before the algebraic notation. Can you clarify this please? Another doubt there was the thing about the destination square. Got it clarified thanks to this concise video as well.

    I actually found this video while searching for the answer for the following question (I'm glad I didn't skip this video because I knew notation (mostly it seems) – as the notation I just mentioned which appeared on the thumbnail intrigued me – and was searching for annotation):

    How do you annotate a zugzwang? I found the symbol: do you put it after the forcing move the player compels the opponent to play or after the move the opponent is forced to play?

    By the way, the answer is N4xf6#.

    Also, I have another question from this lesson. I can't think of a possible position right now: is there actually a rule as to a priority, i.e. to check the file first, and rank afterwards or did you say it for the sake of explanation in this video? Thanks.

    I had assumed the possibility of same-colour-squared bishops due to pawn promotion. It seems their movement can also be notated similarly to the queens'.

  5. 9:50 That puzzle is wrong… the black king is on the first rank, where the the white pieces are at the start of the game. Therefore its not a checkmate as the pawn can move forward and block the check.

  6. Sir u deserves billions of subscriber how u explain is great ur english speaking so simple that a 5year old child would understand it

  7. Very Informative and Interactive Session. Thank you So Much Bro. Love From Pakistan.

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