Template:Chess diagram 4x5

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Syntax[edit]

There are several standard chess diagram templates:

There are also templates for chess variants:

The syntax is basically the same for all of them.

{{Chess diagram
| <alignment> (param #1)
| <header>    (#2) 
| size =
| numbers =
| letters =
| <a8> | <b8> | ... | <h8>  (#3 to ...
| <a7> | <b7> | ... | <h7>
...
| <a1> | <b1> | ... | <h1>  ( ... #66)
| <footer> (#67)
| reverse = 
}}

When the chess board is 8x8, there is an alternative syntax (see #Alternative way to place the pieces: FEN below):

{{Chess diagram
| fen =
| align =
| clear = 
| header = 
| footer =
| size =
| numbers =
| letters =
| reverse =
}}

Parameters:

  • <alignment> – defines horizontal alignment (floating) of the whole table, must be tright or tleft (or nothing)
  • <header> – the text which appears above the diagram, may be empty;
  • size - specifies the size of each square in pixels, the default is 26.
  • numbers - specifies whether the rows are numbered. Options are: left, right, both (default) or neither.
  • letters - specifies whether the columns are lettered. Options are: top, bottom, both (default) or neither.
  • <a8>, <b8>, ... <h1> – define corresponding squares of the chessboard, see below;
  • <footer> – the text which appears beneath the diagram, may be empty; optional – can be left out (currently not in the other templates)

A square is defined by the name of piece or empty parameter. The names of the pieces are those given in algebraic notation:

  • Chess kll45.svg Chess kld45.svg Chess kdl45.svg Chess kdd45.svg k = king
  • Chess qld45.svg Chess qll45.svg Chess qdd45.svg Chess qdl45.svg q = queen
  • Chess rll45.svg Chess rld45.svg Chess rdl45.svg Chess rdd45.svg r = rook
  • Chess bld45.svg Chess bll45.svg Chess bdd45.svg Chess bdl45.svg b = bishop
  • Chess nll45.svg Chess nld45.svg Chess ndl45.svg Chess ndd45.svg n = knight
  • Chess pld45.svg Chess pll45.svg Chess pdd45.svg Chess pdl45.svg p = pawn

There are also some fairy chess pieces available: Chess klg45.svg Chess elg45.svg Chess nlg45.svg Chess slg45.svg Chess plg45.svg

  • Chess all45.svg Chess ald45.svg Chess adl45.svg Chess add45.svg a = archbishop (knight+bishop compound)
  • Chess cld45.svg Chess cll45.svg Chess cdd45.svg Chess cdl45.svg c = chancellor (knight+rook compound)
  • Chess fll45.svg Chess fld45.svg Chess fdl45.svg Chess fdd45.svg f = inverted king
  • Chess gld45.svg Chess gll45.svg Chess gdd45.svg Chess gdl45.svg g = inverted queen
  • Chess mll45.svg Chess mld45.svg Chess mdl45.svg Chess mdd45.svg m = inverted rook
  • Chess eld45.svg Chess ell45.svg Chess edd45.svg Chess edl45.svg j(e) = inverted bishop
  • Chess sll45.svg Chess sld45.svg Chess sdl45.svg Chess sdd45.svg N(s) = inverted knight
  • Chess hld45.svg Chess hll45.svg Chess hdd45.svg Chess hdl45.svg h = inverted pawn
  • Chess zll45.svg Chess zld45.svg Chess zdl45.svg Chess zdd45.svg z = champion (for Omega Chess)
  • Chess wld45.svg Chess wll45.svg Chess wdd45.svg Chess wdl45.svg w = wizard (for Omega Chess)
  • Chess tld45.svg Chess tll45.svg Chess tdd45.svg Chess tdl45.svg t = fool (for Omega Chess)

These letters are combined with either "l" for Light=White, or "d" for Dark=Black. So "kl" is White's king, and "nd" is Black's knight.

An empty square is written either using underscores, spaces, or nothing at all. Two spaces are recommended.

  • Chess d45.svgChess l45.svg <space> = empty square

You can also use "xx" for a black cross, "ox" for a white cross, "xo" for a black circle on an empty square or "oo" for a white one.

  • Chess xxd45.svgChess xxl45.svg xx = black cross/x
  • Chess oxd45.svgChess oxl45.svg ox = white cross/x
  • Chess xod45.svgChess xol45.svg xo = black circle
  • Chess ood45.svgChess ool45.svg oo = white circle

When showing movement directions on the board, arrows are available

  • Chess uld45.svgChess ull45.svg ul = up & left
  • Chess uad45.svgChess ual45.svg ua = up
  • Chess urd45.svgChess url45.svg ur = up & right
  • Chess lad45.svgChess lal45.svg la = left
  • Chess lrd45.svgChess lrl45.svg lr = left & right
  • Chess udd45.svgChess udl45.svg ud = up & down
  • Chess rad45.svgChess ral45.svg ra = right
  • Chess dld45.svgChess dll45.svg dl = down & left
  • Chess dad45.svgChess dal45.svg da = down
  • Chess drd45.svgChess drl45.svg dr = down & right

Numbers can also be added to squares by using "x0" for 0, "x1" for 1, "x2" for 2, ..., "x9" for 9.

  • Chess x0d45.svgChess x0l45.svg x0
  • Chess x1d45.svgChess x1l45.svg x1
  • Chess x2d45.svgChess x2l45.svg x2
  • Chess x3d45.svgChess x3l45.svg x3
  • Chess x4d45.svgChess x4l45.svg x4
  • Chess x5d45.svgChess x5l45.svg x5
  • Chess x6d45.svgChess x6l45.svg x6
  • Chess x7d45.svgChess x7l45.svg x7
  • Chess x8d45.svgChess x8l45.svg x8
  • Chess x9d45.svgChess x9l45.svg x9

Examples[edit]

In the following examples the rows and columns are numbered. Because any text between "|=" and the next "|" is ignored, numbers and letters can be added without affecting output.

Standard diagram[edit]

This diagram is recommended for common use as a main diagram in the articles on chess openings, endings, games, positions etc. See the corresponding code below.

a b c d e f g h
8
Chessboard480.svg
a8 black rook
b8 black knight
c8 black bishop
d8 black queen
e8 black king
f8 black bishop
g8 black knight
h8 black rook
a7 black pawn
b7 black pawn
c7 black pawn
d7 black pawn
f7 black pawn
g7 black pawn
h7 black pawn
e5 black pawn
e4 white pawn
f4 white pawn
a2 white pawn
b2 white pawn
c2 white pawn
d2 white pawn
g2 white pawn
h2 white pawn
a1 white rook
b1 white knight
c1 white bishop
d1 white queen
e1 white king
f1 white bishop
g1 white knight
h1 white rook
8
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a b c d e f g h
The King's Gambit
{{Chess diagram
| tright
| 

|rd|nd|bd|qd|kd|bd|nd|rd
|pd|pd|pd|pd|  |pd|pd|pd
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |pd|  |  |
|  |  |  |  |pl|pl|  |
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
|pl|pl|pl|pl|  |  |pl|pl
|rl|nl|bl|ql|kl|bl|nl|rl

| The King's Gambit
}}

Diagram with both captions[edit]

W. Langstaff, Chess Amateur 1922
a b c d e f g h
8
Chessboard480.svg
e8 black king
h8 black rook
f6 white bishop
h6 white pawn
d5 white rook
f5 white king
g5 black pawn
h5 white pawn
8
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a b c d e f g h
Mate in two.
This problem uses partial retrograde analysis method.

It may be convenient to use this in the articles on chess problems. Please note that in the header and footer you can use bolds or italics. You can also use <br> to break the lines.

{{Chess diagram
| tright
| '''W. Langstaff''', ''Chess Amateur'' 1922

|  |  |  |  |kd|  |  |rd
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |bl|  |pl
|  |  |  |rl|  |kl|pd|pl
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  

| '''Mate in two.''' <br> This problem uses ''partial retrograde analysis'' method.
}}

Diagram without captions[edit]

a b c d e f g h
8
Chessboard480.svg
b6 black cross
c6 black circle
d6 black cross
c5 white pawn
f4 black circle
e3 black cross
f3 black circle
g3 black cross
f2 white pawn
8
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a b c d e f g h

See the corresponding code below. If you don't want the captions, just remove them, but don't delete the second "|" pipe character for the caption above; it is possible to delete the last pipe for the longer caption below.

The diagram floats to the left to illustrate the use of the first parameter.

{{Chess diagram
| tleft
| 

|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |xx|xo|xx|  |  |  |  
|  |  |pl|  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |xo|  |  
|  |  |  |  |xx|xo|xx|  
|  |  |  |  |  |pl|  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  

}}

Movement example[edit]

This can be used to show how pieces move.

a b c d e f g h
8
Chessboard480.svg
c8 up arrow
c7 up arrow
a6 left arrow
b6 left arrow
c6 black rook
d6 right arrow
e6 right arrow
f6 right arrow
g6 right arrow
h6 right arrow
c5 down arrow
c4 down arrow
e4 up-left arrow
f4 up arrow
g4 up-right arrow
c3 down arrow
e3 left arrow
f3 white king
g3 right arrow
c2 down arrow
e2 down-left arrow
f2 down arrow
g2 down-right arrow
c1 down arrow
8
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a b c d e f g h
Example showing how white king can move

any direction, but only one square, while black rook can move any number of squares but only up and down, and right and left.

{{Chess diagram 
| tleft
| 

|  |  |ua|  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |ua|  |  |  |  |  
|la|la|rd|ra|ra|ra|ra|ra
|  |  |da|  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |da|  |ul|ua|ur|  
|  |  |da|  |la|kl|ra|  
|  |  |da|  |dl|da|dr|  
|  |  |da|  |  |  |  |  

|Example showing how white king can move
any direction, but only one square, while
black rook can move any number of squares
but only up and down, and right and left.
}}
a b c d e f g h
8
Chessboard480.svg
b8 up-left arrow
d8 up arrow
f8 up-right arrow
c7 up-left arrow
d7 up arrow
e7 up-right arrow
a6 left arrow
b6 left arrow
c6 left arrow
d6 white queen
e6 right arrow
f6 right arrow
g6 right arrow
h6 right arrow
c5 down-left arrow
d5 down arrow
e5 down-right arrow
b4 down-left arrow
d4 down arrow
f4 down-right arrow
a3 down-left arrow
d3 down arrow
g3 down-right arrow
d2 down arrow
h2 down-right arrow
d1 down arrow
8
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a b c d e f g h
{{Chess diagram
| tright
| 

|  |ul|  |ua|  |ur|  |  
|  |  |ul|ua|ur|  |  |  
|la|la|la|ql|ra|ra|ra|ra
|  |  |dl|da|dr|  |  |  
|  |dl|  |da|  |dr|  |  
|dl|  |  |da|  |  |dr|  
|  |  |  |da|  |  |  |dr
|  |  |  |da|  |  |  |  

}}

In the board on the right, it is shown that the white queen can go any distance in any of these directions.

Another method for the rook example:

a b c d e f g h
8
Chessboard480.svg
c7 up-down arrow
b6 left-right arrow
c6 black rook
d6 left-right arrow
c5 up-down arrow
e4 up-left arrow
f4 up arrow
g4 up-right arrow
e3 left arrow
f3 white king
g3 right arrow
e2 down-left arrow
f2 down arrow
g2 down-right arrow
8
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a b c d e f g h
{{Chess diagram
| tleft
| 

|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |ud|  |  |  |  |  
|  |lr|rd|lr|  |  |  |  
|  |  |ud|  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |ul|ua|ur|  
|  |  |  |  |la|kl|ra|  
|  |  |  |  |dl|da|dr|  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  

}}

Small diagram[edit]

This one may be useful in articles with many diagrams. It uses another template named {{Chess diagram small}}.

The small diagrams can have header, too.

a b c d e f g h
8
Chessboard480.svg
a8 black rook
d8 black queen
f8 black rook
g8 black king
a7 black pawn
b7 black pawn
e7 black pawn
f7 black pawn
g7 black bishop
h7 black pawn
b6 black knight
c6 black pawn
f6 black knight
g6 black pawn
c5 white queen
g5 white bishop
d4 white pawn
e4 white pawn
g4 black bishop
c3 white knight
f3 white knight
a2 white pawn
b2 white pawn
f2 white pawn
g2 white pawn
h2 white pawn
d1 white rook
e1 white king
f1 white bishop
h1 white rook
8
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position after 11.Bg5
{{Chess diagram small
| tright
| 

|rd|  |  |qd|  |rd|kd|  
|pd|pd|  |  |pd|pd|bd|pd
|  |nd|pd|  |  |nd|pd|  
|  |  |ql|  |  |  |bl|  
|  |  |  |pl|pl|  |bd|  
|  |  |nl|  |  |nl|  |  
|pl|pl|  |  |  |pl|pl|pl
|  |  |  |rl|kl|bl|  |rl

| Position after 11.Bg5
}}

Different board size[edit]

Chess boards of non-standard dimensions need special templates. There are templates for the following boards:

Minichess (5×5) – Template:Chess diagram 5x5
{{Chess diagram 5x5
| tright
| 

|kd|qd|bd|nd|rd
|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd
|  |  |  |  |  
|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl
|kl|ql|bl|nl|rl

| Gardner minichess
}}
a5 black king b5 black queen c5 black bishop d5 black knight e5 black rook
a4 black pawn b4 black pawn c4 black pawn d4 black pawn e4 black pawn
a3 b3 c3 d3 e3
a2 white pawn b2 white pawn c2 white pawn d2 white pawn e2 white pawn
a1 white king b1 white queen c1 white bishop d1 white knight e1 white rook
Gardner minichess
Los Alamos chess (6×6) – Template:Chess diagram 6x6
{{Chess diagram 6x6
| tright
| 

|rd|nd|qd|kd|nd|rd
|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd
|  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  
|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl
|rl|nl|ql|kl|nl|rl

| Los Alamos chess
}}
a b c d e f
6 a6 black rook b6 black knight c6 black queen d6 black king e6 black knight f6 black rook 6
5 a5 black pawn b5 black pawn c5 black pawn d5 black pawn e5 black pawn f5 black pawn 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 3
2 a2 white pawn b2 white pawn c2 white pawn d2 white pawn e2 white pawn f2 white pawn 2
1 a1 white rook b1 white knight c1 white queen d1 white king e1 white knight f1 white rook 1
a b c d e f
Los Alamos chess
Capablanca chess (8×10)
{{Chess diagram 8x10
| tright
| 

|rd|nd|ad|bd|qd|kd|bd|cd|nd|rd
|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl
|rl|nl|al|bl|ql|kl|bl|cl|nl|rl

| Capablanca chess
}}
a b c d e f g h i j
8 a8 black rook b8 black knight c8 black archbishop d8 black bishop e8 black queen f8 black king g8 black bishop h8 black chancelor i8 black knight j8 black rook 8
7 a7 black pawn b7 black pawn c7 black pawn d7 black pawn e7 black pawn f7 black pawn g7 black pawn h7 black pawn i7 black pawn j7 black pawn 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 i6 j6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 i5 j5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 i4 j4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 i3 j3 3
2 a2 white pawn b2 white pawn c2 white pawn d2 white pawn e2 white pawn f2 white pawn g2 white pawn h2 white pawn i2 white pawn j2 white pawn 2
1 a1 white rook b1 white knight c1 white archbishop d1 white bishop e1 white queen f1 white king g1 white bishop h1 white chancelor i1 white knight j1 white rook 1
a b c d e f g h i j
Capablanca chess
Grand Chess
{{Chess diagram 10x10
| tright
| 

|rd|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |rd
|  |nd|bd|qd|kd|cd|ad|bd|nd|  
|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl
|  |nl|bl|ql|kl|cl|al|bl|nl|  
|rl|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |rl

| Grand Chess
}}
a b c d e f g h i j
10 a10 black rook b10 c10 d10 e10 f10 g10 h10 i10 j10 black rook 10
9 a9 b9 black knight c9 black bishop d9 black queen e9 black king f9 black chancelor g9 black archbishop h9 black bishop i9 black knight j9 9
8 a8 black pawn b8 black pawn c8 black pawn d8 black pawn e8 black pawn f8 black pawn g8 black pawn h8 black pawn i8 black pawn j8 black pawn 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 i7 j7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 i6 j6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 i5 j5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 i4 j4 4
3 a3 white pawn b3 white pawn c3 white pawn d3 white pawn e3 white pawn f3 white pawn g3 white pawn h3 white pawn i3 white pawn j3 white pawn 3
2 a2 b2 white knight c2 white bishop d2 white queen e2 white king f2 white chancelor g2 white archbishop h2 white bishop i2 white knight j2 2
1 a1 white rook b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 i1 j1 white rook 1
a b c d e f g h i j
Grand Chess

Double boards[edit]

Bughouse chess (four players)
{{bughouse chess diagram
| A1=Team 1, Board A 
| A2=Team 2, Board A 
| B1=Team 1, Board B 
| B2=Team 2, Board B
| tright
|

|rd|nd|bd|qd|kd|bd|nd|rd
|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl
|rl|nl|bl|ql|kl|bl|nl|rl

|rl|nl|bl|kl|ql|bl|nl|rl
|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd
|rd|nd|bd|kd|qd|bd|nd|rd

| '''Bughouse''' setup and starting position
}}


Team 2, Board A

a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8
a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7
a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6
a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5
a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4
a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3
a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2
a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1

Team 1, Board A

Team 2, Board B

a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8
a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7
a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6
a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5
a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4
a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3
a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2
a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1

Team 1, Board B

Bughouse setup and starting position
Alice chess (two players)
{{alice chess diagram
| tright
|

|rd|nd|bd|qd|kd|  |nd|rd
|pd|pd|pd|pd|  |pd|pd|pd
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |nl|  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl
|rl|nl|bl|ql|kl|bl|  |rl

|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |pd|  |  |  
|  |  |bd|  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  

| Position after '''1. Nf3 e6 2. Ne5 Bc5'''
}}


a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8
a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7
a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6
a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5
a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4
a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3
a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2
a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1
A
a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8
a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7
a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6
a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5
a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4
a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3
a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2
a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1
B
Position after 1. Nf3 e6 2. Ne5 Bc5

Different shaped board[edit]

Three-dimensional chess (Raumschach) – Template:Raumschach diagram
{{Raumschach diagram
| tright
|

|rd|nd|kd|nd|rd
|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd
|  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  

|Nd|bd|qd|Nd|bd
|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd
|  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  

|  |  |  |  |  
|  |  |  |  |  
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|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl
|bl|Nl|ql|bl|Nl

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|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl
|rl|nl|kl|nl|rl

| '''Raumschach''' starting position
}}
Ea5 black rook Eb5 black knight Ec5 black king Ed5 black knight Ee5 black rook
Ea4 black pawn Eb4 black pawn Ec4 black pawn Ed4 black pawn Ee4 black pawn
Ea3 Eb3 Ec3 Ed3 Ee3
Ea2 Eb2 Ec2 Ed2 Ee2
Ea1 Eb1 Ec1 Ed1 Ee1
E
Da5 N d Db5 black bishop Dc5 black queen Dd5 N d De5 black bishop
Da4 black pawn Db4 black pawn Dc4 black pawn Dd4 black pawn De4 black pawn
Da3 Db3 Dc3 Dd3 De3
Da2 Db2 Dc2 Dd2 De2
Da1 Db1 Dc1 Dd1 De1
D
Ca5 Cb5 Cc5 Cd5 Ce5
Ca4 Cb4 Cc4 Cd4 Ce4
Ca3 Cb3 Cc3 Cd3 Ce3
Ca2 Cb2 Cc2 Cd2 Ce2
Ca1 Cb1 Cc1 Cd1 Ce1
C
Ba5 Bb5 Bc5 Bd5 Be5
Ba4 Bb4 Bc4 Bd4 Be4
Ba3 Bb3 Bc3 Bd3 Be3
Ba2 white pawn Bb2 white pawn Bc2 white pawn Bd2 white pawn Be2 white pawn
Ba1 white bishop Bb1 N l Bc1 white queen Bd1 white bishop Be1 N l
B
Aa5 Ab5 Ac5 Ad5 Ae5
Aa4 Ab4 Ac4 Ad4 Ae4
Aa3 Ab3 Ac3 Ad3 Ae3
Aa2 white pawn Ab2 white pawn Ac2 white pawn Ad2 white pawn Ae2 white pawn
Aa1 white rook Ab1 white knight Ac1 white king Ad1 white knight Ae1 white rook
A
Raumschach starting position
Omega ChessTemplate:Omega Chess diagram
{{Omega Chess diagram
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| [[Omega Chess]] (10x10 + 4 corners)

|wd                              |wd
   |zd|rd|nd|bd|qd|kd|bd|nd|rd|zd
   |pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd|pd
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   |pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl|pl
   |zl|rl|nl|bl|ql|kl|bl|nl|rl|zl
|wl                              |wl

| '''Omega Chess''' starting position
}}
Omega Chess (10x10 + 4 corners)
w4 wd Chess Omega ht440 44.png w3 wd
Chess Omega vl44 440.png a9 zd b9 rd c9 nd d9 bd e9 qd f9 kd g9 bd h9 nd i9 rd j9 zd Chess Omega vr44 440.png
a8 pd b8 pd c8 pd d8 pd e8 pd f8 pd g8 pd h8 pd i8 pd j8 pd
a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 i7 j7
a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 i6 j6
a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 i5 j5
a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 i4 j4
a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 i3 j3
a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 i2 j2
a1 pl b1 pl c1 pl d1 pl e1 pl f1 pl g1 pl h1 pl i1 pl j1 pl
a0 zl b0 rl c0 nl d0 bl e0 ql f0 kl g0 bl h0 nl i0 rl j0 zl
w1 wl Chess Omega hb440 44.png w2 wl
Omega Chess starting position

Alternative way to place the pieces: FEN[edit]

{{Chess diagram|fen=rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR|align=tleft}}
a b c d e f g h
8
Chessboard480.svg
a8 black rook
b8 black knight
c8 black bishop
d8 black queen
e8 black king
f8 black bishop
g8 black knight
h8 black rook
a7 black pawn
b7 black pawn
c7 black pawn
d7 black pawn
e7 black pawn
f7 black pawn
g7 black pawn
h7 black pawn
a2 white pawn
b2 white pawn
c2 white pawn
d2 white pawn
e2 white pawn
f2 white pawn
g2 white pawn
h2 white pawn
a1 white rook
b1 white knight
c1 white bishop
d1 white queen
e1 white king
f1 white bishop
g1 white knight
h1 white rook
8
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a b c d e f g h

It is possible to populate the board using Forsyth–Edwards Notation, instead of positional parameters.

To do this, the "fen" parameter is used. For instance, this is the opening board of a chess game, defined using the "fen" parameter "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR":

{{Chess diagram|fen=rnbqkbnr/acfghzwt/8/8/8/8/ACFGHZWT/RNBQKBNR|align=tleft}}
a b c d e f g h
8
Chessboard480.svg
a8 black rook
b8 black knight
c8 black bishop
d8 black queen
e8 black king
f8 black bishop
g8 black knight
h8 black rook
a7 black archbishop
b7 black chancelor
c7 black upside-down king
d7 black upside-down queen
e7 black upside-down pawn
f7 black champion
g7 black wizard
h7 black fool
a2 white archbishop
b2 white chancelor
c2 white upside-down king
d2 white upside-down queen
e2 white upside-down pawn
f2 white champion
g2 white wizard
h2 white fool
a1 white rook
b1 white knight
c1 white bishop
d1 white queen
e1 white king
f1 white bishop
g1 white knight
h1 white rook
8
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a b c d e f g h

It is also possible to show "fairy" pieces using the FEN notation. However, because the FEN notation uses uppercase and lowercase to denote the color of the piece, it is not possible to display the inverted knight fairy piece (denoted by "N") using the fen parameter. Here is a board where the pawns are replaced by fairy pieces:

Only 8x8 boards can use the "fen" parameter. For other size boards, positional parameters should be used.

Displaying the board from the Black's point of view[edit]

{{Chess diagram|fen=rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR|align=tleft|reverse=true}}
h g f e d c b a
1
Chessboard480.svg
h1 white rook
g1 white knight
f1 white bishop
e1 white king
d1 white queen
c1 white bishop
b1 white knight
a1 white rook
h2 white pawn
g2 white pawn
f2 white pawn
e2 white pawn
d2 white pawn
c2 white pawn
b2 white pawn
a2 white pawn
h7 black pawn
g7 black pawn
f7 black pawn
e7 black pawn
d7 black pawn
c7 black pawn
b7 black pawn
a7 black pawn
h8 black rook
g8 black knight
f8 black bishop
e8 black king
d8 black queen
c8 black bishop
b8 black knight
a8 black rook
1
2 2
3 3
4 4
5 5
6 6
7 7
8 8
h g f e d c b a

The "reverse=true" parameter causes the board to be shown from Black's point of view, that is, with the h8 square at lower-left corner, and a1 at the upper-right. This works for all sizes of the normal chessboard template, but not for the Alice, Bughouse, Omega, or Raumschach templates. Here, the same FEN notation as in the previous example produces a board with Black's starting position at the bottom.

See also[edit]