# Algebraic notation

a) files are identified alphabetically by letters a-h

b) ranks are identified by numbers 1-8.

Combining these 2 together will give the proper designation for each square.

It can be written in 2 ways (both correct):

- short (used by the majority of chess players). It gives just the destination square; example 1.e4

- long (used by beginners while learning). It gives both the original and the destination square; example 1.e2-e4