# How a Chess Board Is Numbered

This article will discuss how to number your chess board. It is very important to know how this is done so that you can begin game play!

Most people start numbering their boards with the fives row, or sometimes the one-yard line, but this is not a good way to begin. The reason for this is because it does not match up with the actual size of the chessboard!

The official size of the chessboard is eight feet by eight feet, making each yard an eighth of a foot longer than a normal yard. This means that using the five row as our starting point only counts as two yards in length!

This doesn’t matter too much if you are just beginning to learn about the game, but as you advance you will want to be aware of how board sizes relate to each other.

## Second step is to number each file

The second part of this project is numbering each file. This is done by starting at the back (file 8) and working your way forward. For every new file that you reach, add a zero before it to make it one longer number.

For example, if you were working towards file 5, then it would be numbered 0500 instead.

## Third step is to number each rank

In our last lesson, we learned how to organize the chess board by color. Now that you have done this, it is time to work on numbering your ranks. This will be tricky because there are two different types of ranks in chess!

We will go through both types here so that you get a full understanding of them. The first type is called an unclassified or unmarked row. These include the white king’s side, as well as the black rook’s side. They do not contain either a queen or a bishop per say, but they do play a role in the game.

The second type is what most people refer to when they talk about numbered rows in chess. These are referred to as classified or marked rows. There are eight such rows in total, including the empty spaces in between.

Now let us discuss why it is important to number these rows. It takes some concentration to keep track of which piece goes where, so it is helpful to know where something belongs. By assigning numbers to certain rows, this information gets organized effectively.

## Fourth step is to number the pieces

In chess, each player has twenty-two (or so) pieces at his or her disposal in any given game. These are called pawns, knights, rooks, and kings, depending on what part of the board they occupy. The other two types of piece are also numbered, but only one type can be used per move.

That means that there is really no reason to have a knight stick its leg out when it moves unless you want to use a specific tactic that requires it. By numbering your pieces, you give yourself a quick way to refer back to them. This helps make remembering which position every piece is in much more fluidly.

## Finally, number the board in order

The last step to learning how to chess is numbering your pieces. This process is very important as it can make a big difference in how you play the game!

The first thing you will need to do is determine what color each piece is. Then, start at the front of the board and work your way down by counting off numbers consecutively. For example, if your knight was named “Knight B” then Knight B would be set as white (the most common starting position).

Now that this has been done, go back up the side of the board and repeat this process for the other colors. Once both sides have their numbers determined, move onto the back of the board. Repeat these steps for all eight squares on the back of the board.

## Tips for how to number the board

The numbering of your chessboard is an important part that impacts the gameplay and style of you as a player. There are several ways to do it, but one of the best is using colors to determine where each piece goes!

Most players start with the king in the middle and then work their way up from there. But what about the other pieces?

That’s when they use color to help identify where each piece goes. For example, if we wanted to place our knight next to the queen, we would move the white knight one square forward and add a red marker by its side.

The same concept applies to the rook or the bishop. By looking at the shape of the piece, you can find matching numbers in the opposite color pile to denote where it goes.

## 1) Use a grid

There are two main ways to number your chess board. You can use what is called an alphabetic order, or you can use a geographical order.

The first one is using what is referred to as an alphabetical order. This was the most common way of doing it in historical times before computers! The numbers go from left to right, and then top to bottom. For example, if we were to place our white king in this position, the black pawn would be given the number 1. Moving the white queen up here would give us the number 2. And moving the rook forward would get 3.

That’s all there is to it! However, some people may find this method hard to follow because they have to remember which letter goes with which number.

## Use numbers

The way chess board is numbered is very important to know, as there are several types of boards you will come across in different sizes.

The most basic type is what we refer to as an “8-board” set. This means that there are eight separate chessboards total with each one having a number from 1 through 8 painted on it. These can be made out of wood or plastic and attached together using glue or a mechanical attachment method.

If you look at any of these boards individually, you will see that the lower left corner has no number. This is because this area is covered up by the other seven chessboards, making it impossible to determine which one it is.

This isn’t too much of a problem unless you need to reference this piece for your game, so it doesn’t really matter too much.

## Use symbols

The way chess board numbers are typically assigned depend on how you want to organize your game or what style of chess you prefer. There are three main types of boards used in organized chess.

Type A has rows numbered 1 through 8 and columns also starting at number one. This is the most common type for tournament play because it can be easily memorized by just thinking about where row number eight ends and column number one begins.

has rows numbered 1 through 8 and columns also starting at number one. This is the most common type for tournament play because it can be easily memorized by just thinking about where row number eight ends and column number one begins. Type B uses only rows as numerals, so there are no columns. This is great if you’re very familiar with beginning sight-reading exercises, but not so good for other styles of chess.

uses only rows as numerals, so there are no columns. This is great if you’re very familiar with beginning sight-reading exercises, but not so good for other styles of chess. Type C omits both the top row and the leftmost column, leaving a blank 9×9 grid. Some people like this look because it reminds them of the classic “Fisherman” position from ordinary checkers. (More on that later.)

Which board assignment method you use depends mostly on personal preference.