“This method has mostly been popularized by newspapers”
An Algebraic notation
variation called Figurine Algebraic Notation (or FAN)
that uses pictorial representations or symbols to represent the pieces
instead of letters. It was first used by Count Robiano in 1846 and was called ‘notation parlante’.
By changing the letters to small pictures representing the pieces, we can have an international language understood by all Chess players worldwide. This method has mostly been popularized by newspapers and other periodicals in Chess published articles and games.
Figurine Algebraic Notation is a widely
used variation of algebraic notation which substitutes
the letter representing said piece for the symbol of a
piece, for
example:
c6
in place of Nc6.
Twelve pictorial
representations are used, six for the white pieces and
six
for the black pieces. Most times, Pawns figurines are
omitted, e.g.:
e4
is annotated just as e4.
This type of Algebraic Notation enables moves to be read independent of language since it uses figures
(symbols to represent the pieces) instead of letters.
