Castling Сhess Notation

Castling Сhess Notation

Castling chess notation is a conundrum for newcomers to the black-and-white world. In most cases, it’s clear how to denote your move. You just write the letter and where your soldier lands. But what if you activate 2 pieces at a time? There is a simple solution.

Zeroes Or Ohs

There are actually 2 ways to indicate this maneuver. One is recognized by FIDE, the other – by PGN:

  • 0-0
  • O-O

Digits seem more compact which is convenient when writing them down. But capitalized letters are more common. They just look natural among other elements.

The examples above describe short castling that happens on the right side of the field. If you are about to make a long one, mark them as O-O-O.

Castling Chess Notation Example

Castling Chess Notation Example

Let’s have a look at a real-life situation to see how to write down this important maneuver. First of all, don’t forget to state the number of the moves. In this case, it’s 11. White chooses to hide their king on the right side of the board. It means that the notation will take this form:

  1. O-O

Now it’s Black’s turn. They actually attack, taking down a light piece: the e4-knight. So, if we continue the writing, it’ll look like this:

  1. O-O fxe4

About the Importance Of Making Notes

Why should anyone bother with it anyway? Isn’t it easier to just play? If you’re not striving to become better, then you can forget about notation. But if you do it, you can analyze your games. As well as find weak points and try to become a stronger player.

Play And Improve

Play And Improve

Castling chess notation is simple to write down. You’ll do it automatically once you have enough practice. If you need help with other pieces, check out this video guide. It goes into detail about how to indicate other participants on the board.