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Chess diagrams for non-artists

A hand-drawn chess diagram by Aleksander Golubev

A hand-drawn chess diagram by Aleksander Golubev

These days, chess is all computers and FEN and PGN and stuff, or something that is done by boring old people using dusty old pieces on an old piece of wood, but since I picked up correspondence chess, I sometimes feel the need to ponder chess diagrams. And since I’m a low-tech geek with a hipster-PDA and all, I want them on paper.

Exquisite art

A hand-drawn chess diagram by Leonid Yarosh

A hand-drawn chess diagram by Leonid Yarosh

Some grandmasters create exquisite works of art.  I found some beautiful examples on Tim KrabbĂ©’s site, but for myself, I wanted something simpler.

My own chess diagrams

A hand-drawn chess diagram

A hand-drawn chess diagram

So this is what I came up with: a very simple chess diagram using my own representation of the pieces. And using a square sticky to draw them on makes creating the board very easy: divide in two until you have eight columns, divide in two until you have eight rows.

The pieces are quick to draw and easy to color,  and I find them distinct enough so that I can think about the position. So I hereby release the SDN (Simple Diagram Notation or Sticky Diagram Notation) to the public. Share and enjoy.

Now why are knights in chess diagrams always facing left?