November 13, 2013

Remembering chess coordinates

I play chess. I’m not particularly strong, but I do enjoy a challenge. In chess, it helps to be able to transform coordinates into actual positions in the board. For example, when reading chess literature, sequences of moves are often denoted like this:

  1. d4 d5
  2. c4 c6

That’s the infamous Slav defense. If you’re lucky, you’ll get an illustration of a chessboard to help you mentally move the pieces around. For me, going from “d4” to “ah, that’s white’s Queen pawn” takes a couple of seconds, which can be frustrating when reading longer sequences. To help myself overcome this handicap, I wrote a quick JavaScript application. I’ll be writing more of these in the near future. In the meanwhile, why not challenge me to a game?