What Does -+ Mean And How To Read Chess Notations

If you are a chess player then you know very well about the chess notations but still, there is confusion for most players because of two games ending.

Both these endings with moves marked as -+ (minus-plus) and +-(plus-minus). Too many people don’t know about these notations.

So, in this article, we are going to answer too many questions like what does this -+ notation mean, how to read chess notations, and many more things.

Before going to the article we want to tell you some basics like what is chess notation and why it is important to use chess notation, let’s begin.

What Is Chess Notation?

Basically, all chess notations are the act of writing and reading the chess move. In the past, there were too many ways that were used to perform it but all were disappeared except the chess notation.

It is also called algebraic notation, in too many tournaments physically write down every chess move is very important and moves are also recorded to display the game live.

Why Use Chess Notation?

If you are a chess player, then for you it is very important to know the reason for using chess notation. 

The first reason is in every competitive chess game every player has to write down their every move with the help of chess notation.

But when you are playing normal chess games then in this situation you don’t have to write down your every move.

If you are not able to write your move or don’t know about the chess notations, then in this condition you don’t have permission to participate in a chess competition.

This is because when you are playing a chess game and there is a problem or dispute then the helper that is present to solve your problem must know about your every move.

So writing down your every move with the help of notation will be the evidence of your move.

The next reason to use the chess notations is that you can easily review every move of the previous game and analyze which move you have to improve.

If you want to become the best chess player and improve your game, then you should know about every notation and write your move every time when you play.

What Does -+ mean in algebraic notation?

As we already mentioned in the chess game there are two endings with the move, marked with -+ (minus-plus) and +- (plus-minus).

Meaning Of This Notation:

Basically the notation -+ and the +- are introduced to help people, which means any reader (Arabian, Japanese, French) can understand every move of every chess game.

But before these notations, a person was needed to explain the commentaries or any move that users play.

The +- symbol means that the “white has the decisive advantage”, which means in this chess game white has more chances to win this game.

Other than this the -+ notation means “black has the decisive advantage” which means the black has more chances to win the game as compared to the white.

Are the -+ minus-plus and +- plus-minus standard notation?

The answer to this question is yes, both these notations were introduced by the Chess informant and these notations are accepted as standard.

Why These Notations Are Used In Different Order? 

The reason behind this is both these positions have different results, as we already mentioned the -+ notation means that the black has the advantage to win and the +- notation means the white has the more advantage to win.

How To Read The Notations?

There are too many chess game notations are present like -+ and many more, the main objective of all these notations is to record the chess game.

All these algebraic notations are recommended and used by the FIDE, but for your kind information, there are too many other methods to record the chess game like Forsyth-Edwards and the descriptive notation.

The sixty- squares are present on the chessboard and all are identified by the two unique characters. 

If we talk about the first character, then it always identifies the box column and this character is represented by the lowercase letters like a-b-c-d-e-f.

The box column is ordered from the left side of the player to the right side of the player. The second character identifies the row of the square and this character is represented by the numbers like 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8.

Pieces identification:

According to the language each piece has its own identity but each piece is associated with capital letters, but it depends on the language of the person who is performing a chess notation.

In most countries D uses for the queen, A uses for the bishop, R uses for the king, and C uses for the knight. But the pawns do not associate with any letter.

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