**Algebraic Notation (chess)**

**Algebraic notation** (or **AN**) is a method for recording and describing the moves in a game of chess. It is now standard among all chess organizations and most books, magazines, and newspapers. In English-speaking countries, AN replaced the parallel method of descriptive chess notation, which became common in the 19th century and continued with sporadic use as recently as the 1980s or 1990s. European countries, except England, used algebraic notation before the period when descriptive notation was common.

Algebraic notation is based on a system developed by Philipp Stamma. It exists in various forms and languages, as described below. Stamma's system used the modern names of the squares, but he used "p" for all pawn moves, and the original file (*a* through *h*) of the piece instead of the initial letter of the piece name.

Read more about Algebraic Notation (chess): Naming Squares On The Board, Naming The Pieces, Notation For Moves, Notation For A Series of Moves, Example, Naming The Pieces in Various Languages, Kindred Notations, PGN For Computer Storage, Annotation Symbols

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