Odds and Ends
this page, I will have a little bit of everything.
(Similar to 'Informant')
"=" The position is
equal, (level) or play is relatively balanced.
Both sides have approximately equal
("=/+") White (Black) is a little better here.
"+/" ("/+") White (Black) is much
better in the given position.
"+/-" ("-/+") White (Black) now has
a won game - or a decisive
material advantage in the position being examined.
"~" The position is unclear. (Unbalanced.)
(Murky. But play is close to being
balanced, or approx. level chances.)
"~" The side who played the last move has
for any material sacrificed.
"/\" The player who made the last move has the initiative.
"--->" The player who made the last move has a powerful
"cp" ("<=>") The last player to
move has good counterplay here.
"" or "box" This signifies that this move is
(The only move.)
"TN" - A theoretical novelty or a move that is new to opening
'!' - a very good or exceptional
'!!' - an extremely good move, great or rare brilliance.
(Not to be used lightly or often!)
'?' - a bad move or a mistake.
'??' - a very bad move or a blunder/gross oversight.
'!?' - A very interesting move. (I also use this to how
that there might
a very wide range of move choices
at this point.)
(Some authors use this to mean some risk is involved, but I reject this
as being the interpretation 100% of the time!)
'?!' - A very (extremely) risky move. (Or) A move of highly doubtful
value. (Or) A
move that is very much inferior to some of the
Most books use many
more symbols than this, but these are the most common-place ones.
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