
There are various types or methods utilized for chess notation, which is to say how a record is created for a game  moves by pieces and pawn advances, captures, castling, check, double check, checkmate, etc., and for evaluation purposes  excellent move, bad move, blunder, etc. Additionally there are symbols and abbreviations also commonly used in the chess world. The most common notation type you will encounter and the one most frequently in use in the modern chess world is English Algebraic, (note: the United States Chess Federation refers to this system as Algebraic Notation, abbreviated AN), although you will encounter several others as well and should become familiar with them. The types you will see in chess books and publications, in chess programs, and in use in the chess world is quite varied: English Descriptive Notation, Figurine Algebraic (also called Standard Figurine Algebraic), Portable Game Notation (pgn), ForsythEdwards Notation (FEN), Numeric for Chess Correspondence (established as official notation system for correspondence chess games organized through The International Correspondence Chess Federation), German Algebraic (with colon for captures), Long Algebraic, Abbreviated Algebraic (without check and capture symbols), and Computer Notation (earlier type not used now). There is also evaluation notation system used in conjunction with mainly pgn files called Numeric Annotation Glyphs (NAG).
I.A. General Notations and Symbols. The Symbols tutorial provides additional symbols you may encounter in the chess world. You should review that tutorial after this section before proceeding to the specific sections on the three notation types we will review in this tutorial. There is a link provided at the end of this section to the Symbols tutorial, with a return link from that tutorial to this one.
Order of notation: The move notation or move & capture notation is always first, followed by the en passant notation if applicable, followed by the check notation (or checkmate if applicable), and then any applicable evaluation notation (!!, !, !?, ?!, ?, ??).

I.B. Styles for Noting Moves. In chess books and publications, as well as computer and Internet chess programs, you will see principally two types of noting moves made during a game regardless of the method of chess notation type used. The first type of noting moves is a straight forward linear notation format across the lines of a page where the number represents the number of the move followed by White's move and then Black's move, in a sequential repeating descending order. For example, and using the initial opening moves (pawn advances) by White and Black in setting up the French Defense: 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 The second type is in a twocolumn table format shown below:
Although the use of periods after the move number is the preferred style of noting the move numbers, often you may see it written without the periods as well. Additionally, when a period after a move number is used then the use of a space after the period and before the White's move notation is optional. There is always a space between White's and Black's move notations, and in the straight linear format there is always a space between Black's move notation and the following move number. To continue further using the standard French Defense after four moves by White and Black, English Algebraic notation for a straight linear format would be as follows: 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. Nf3 Nc6 (with space after period) 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3 Nc6 (without space after period) In the twocolumn format:
A variation on the twocolumn table format is a multiple column format, where moves in the twocolumn format are grouped (often for five to ten moves) in column format sequenced in successive columns for each group across the table. The following is an example using the first twenty moves from Reti  Torre, International Tournament of Moscow, 1925. Sometimes the tabled is scrunched into a smaller width table, with the moves noted as if across a page but in a single column format. This variety is shown in Figurine Algebraic (Section III) below.

II. English Algebraic. Through the introductory sections, you should now be acquainted with the basics of the English Algebraic method of chess notation. The following is both a review and further development of principles for English Algebraic notation, as well as review of basic symbols in use. I then provide examples of how you will see various styles for actually noting moves down and displaying them textually in English Algebraic.

III. Figurine Algebraic (also called Standard Figurine Algebraic). This type is the same as English Algebraic except graphic symbols are utilized for the pieces (styles of pieces may vary of course depending on creator's choice). An example is shown below with the corresponding example in English Algebraic (both in a scrunched table format you might sometimes see used). 
