Sunday, August 07, 2016

[fgkqteji] Numerical chess pieces

Yet another language neutral method of denoting chess pieces is by number.  The pieces fairly naturally have a ranking by strength or importance: pawn=1, knight=2, bishop=3, rook=4, queen=5, king=6.  Inspired by, figurines are hard to type and read.

Reminiscent of baseball fielding position numbers and basketball position numbers.

Unfortunately, we cannot convert SAN notation to purely numerical (also substituting the a through h files as 1 through 8) because Raa1 and R1a1 would both translate to 4111.

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