Proposal to add standardized variation sequences for chess notation

Christoph Päper christoph.paeper at
Thu Apr 6 04:08:43 CDT 2017

Richard Wordingham <richard.wordingham at>:
> The basic text elements in the scheme other than boundary markers will be:
> empty white square
> empty black square
> white square with specific piece on it
> black square with specific piece on it.
> If the variation selectors are ignored, these simplify to:
> white square
> hatched square
> specific piece
> This preserves all the information; the pattern of squares is known in advance
> and therefore redundant.

I argued before that

    empty square
    specific piece

would already be enough to carry all the required semantics, at least for
drawing complete boards, because the coloring pattern is simple, well-known and

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