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Snactation - Simple/Simplified Nactation

Posted By: Rod
Date: Thursday, 26 September 2013, at 10:26 p.m.

All, I've finally taken the time to delve into Nactation. No one can deny it is EXTREMELY useful for early game notation. However, it can become overwhelmingly complex later in the game.

As a case in point, http://www.bgonline.org/forums/webbbs_config.pl?read=53622

Or, even more so http://www.bgonline.org/forums/webbbs_config.pl?read=56418

In this last link the 4-1 from the 10 is given one of 3 possible letters by 3 different people. Then Nack gives a 4th letter that is a better fit.

Any overly complex system will likely not stand the test of time. In certain that Nack sought to create a system that would last and, more importantly, gain widespread acceptance. At this point in time (and probably forever), one would need a 50+ symbol key to accompany any match notated entirely in Nactation. This is untenable and reduces the utility that Nack probably intended and reduces and widespread acceptance.


My proposal:

Chess notation is simple. Anyone can understand it with just a few minutes of review. Lets take the best of Nactation and the best of chess notation.

One side of the board (1st roll) becomes A, B, C...J, K, L representing points 1-12 The other side becomes a, b, c... j, k, l representing points 24-13

Notation, where convenient, simple, and one of the 10-12 most common Nactation symbols remains Nactation.

In other cases, such as the above noted 4-1 we apply a modified chess notation. Moving 2 from the 10 point would become J>41. Where superscript is available, notation could be J with 41 in superscript.

Making the 10 point with a 4-1 could be J<41 or, where, subscript (the little "exponentials" to the right and below other text) is available J with 41 in subscript.

The absence of < or > would imply the standard of moving from the notated point, rather than to it.

Some plays would require 2 letters and 2 numbers.

Doublets might require 4 of each. However, doublets might require as few as 1 letter and 4 numbers.

This sacrifices some of the elegance of Nactation for a vastly simplified system that virtually anyone can grasp in full in a very short period of time. Certainly, in the aforementioned example of 4-1, there becomes zero confusion with a no lengthening of the standard 3 symbol nactation - J41 is all it takes.

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