Chess notation is the written means of recording the moves of a game.
There are three main types:
Algebraic (or Continental) Notation
Describes every square on the board by a unique reference
(ie. a1 to h8, each square denoted in lowercase).
Algebraic is sanctioned by F.I.D.E. (The International Chess Federation).
A major difference in the description of pieces is N(=Knight).
Descriptive (or English) Notation
Moves are recorded from the viewpoint of the
player making them, so that each square either of two descriptions
(eg. White's Q4 is Black's Q5). Squares are
also denoted in uppercase only. A major difference in the description
of pieces is Kt(=Knight), although this is increasingly being
replaced by the N letter.
A quick and easy method of noting the current position of all material on the
board in adjourned games.
Click here to compare notations for a game
position in both Algebraic and Descriptive. The same game is also
separately recorded in Forsythe.