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alistair 19 ( +1 | -1 )
How to read examples? I don't understand how to read examples...

One example : 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6

What does that mean?
I know this is a very stupid question, but even easy questions are difficult if you don't have the answers!
olympio 25 ( +1 | -1 )
uhm that's a list of moves first white moves his pawn to king 4, thehn black moves his pawn to king 5.. then white moves his knight to kings bishop 3.. then black moves his knight to queen's bishop 6.. fairly straight forward..
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tomarken 201 ( +1 | -1 )
If you look at one of your game boards here on gameknot, you'll see that along the bottom there are letters (a-h) and along the left side there are numbers (1-8). If you are playing white, the leftmost column is labeled "a" and the rightmost column is "h". Also, the bottom row is labeled "1" and the top row is "8".

The notation used in chess relies on these letters and numbers to indicate individual squares on the chessboard. For example, e1 is the square the white king starts on, and e8 is where the black king starts.

There are also capital letters used to indentify the pieces. These are K for the King, Q for the Queen, B for Bishop, N for Knight (since K is already used), and R for Rook. Pawns are not identified by a letter - since all the other pieces are, if you don't see a letter this means it is a pawn move.

So in your example:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6

The "1" indicates that this is the first move of the game. Every pair of moves is numbered, and in each pair of moves, white's move is first, then black's move.

So on the first move of the game, white moved his King's pawn to the square e4 (since there is no capital letter preceding this, you know it is a pawn move). Black responded by moving his King's pawn to the square e5. If you look at one of your games here on gameknot with the letters and numbers listed along the sides of the board, this may be clearer.

On the second move, white moves his Knight to the square f3. (Since only one knight can reach this square, it is not necessary to indicate which knight it is. In certain circumstances, it is possible for two pieces to move to the same square; in this instance the piece is identified by the square it started on, then the square it moves to).

As you have probably figured out by now, black responds by moving his knight to the square c6.

There are a few more symbols used in this system of chess notation (such as x to indicate a capture, and + to indicate check), but I won't get into all that here - hopefully you now have a basic understanding of what these examples mean and can figure out what is going on in the game by reading the notation. :)
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alistair 4 ( +1 | -1 )
Crystal clear! Thanks for the answer tomarken! I now do understand!
verticalchess 23 ( +1 | -1 )
This is called Algebraic Notation White moved his pawn to e4 on the first move of the game and Black followed up by moving his pawn to e4. On the second turn, White moved his Kingside Knight to the f3 square and Black followed by moving his Queenside Knight to the c6 square.
tomarken 39 ( +1 | -1 )
You're welcome! Not long ago I was new to chess as well, and I appreciated all the helpful advice I received...I feel that helping others is the only way to repay this debt. I'm still learning much about the game, and this is a wonderful place to do so. These forums are an excellent resource for novice players like myself, and as I continue to learn, I hope to be able to help others as well. :)
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