Annotated Chess Guide: Part of the Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 1)

Annotated Chess Guide
[Recording Pawn Promotion]

Pawn Promotion is also covered elsewhere - discussed here, in fact - and it'd smudge too much into this Annotation guide, so we'll not delve into it just yet.

Staying tightly on-topic, when a Pawn reaches the enemy's back row, the notation used depends on which piece the Pawn is exchanged with:

  • kNight = N

  • Bishtop = B

  • Rook = R

  • Queen = Q

The next image, again, fast-forwards through the sequence of moves, until we find that, on move 24, White has exchanged a Pawn for another Queen:

Annotated Chess System - Algebraic - Promotion
Annotation Moves 10-24

The way FIDE records Pawn Promotion, using the Algebraic Annotated Chess System, is simply to state the end square move of the Pawn and then add the CAPITAL LETTER of whatever piece it was exchanged for ...

So, in this scenario, White has advanced his 'a' file Pawn to square a8 and exchanged it for a Queen.

If Black had got a Pawn to White's back row, say, the one on the 'h' file ... the notation for Promotion could read h1Q, which I'll leave you to work out why!

Moving On: Declaring a Winner (Page 10).

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