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Excellent call mj! Thanks for the links Clones...that'll help beginners a good bit. Good to see people other than me around here. Hopefully we can get a crowd goin'. :-)

I'll get to work on a FAQv1.0 ASAP. Mostly it'll be links describing how to play the game.

As a quick note on how to mark the board...

The back line of white, which is facing the player, goes as follows:
Rook (R), Knight (N), Bishop (B), Queen (Q), King (K), Bishop, Knight, Rook
All black pieces line up opposite of white. The white king being on the right side, the black king is also on the right side. If you were behind the black pieces, the black king is on the left.

Put yourself behind white again. Then across the bottom of the board (eight squares by eight squares), lable each column "a" through "h", "a" being the left column, "h" being the right column. Starting at the bottom of the board, lable the rows 1 through 8.

When pawns move, their pieces aren't noted...when anything else moves, you note it with the letter I put next to the piece. This is because while any number of pieces can land on a square, there will only be certain squares pawns can land on, and pawns not having a letter associated with them is how they are identified.

For instance, if you want to make your first move to take the pawn that's in front of the king, and move it out two squares, the note is
1. e4
The column is the fifth from the left, so e; and the row is fourth from the bottom, so 4. Say the black player responds 1. ...e5. Now the two king pawns are right in front of each other.
If on your next move you want to move your knight on the queenside in front of the bishop's pawn, the notation is
1. e4 e5; 2. Nc3

To denote taking a piece, "x" is used.
So, 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 would mean that white moved out the king pawn, black moved out the queen pawn, and white took the queen pawn with the king pawn.

Hope this is a good starting point!

Chris