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Chess symbols in Unicode

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Chess symbols in Unicode

Font depictions of Unicode chess symbols (in the same order as the table). Top: Arial Unicode MS font. Bottom: Tahoma font.

Chess symbols are part of Unicode. Instead of using images, one can represent chess pieces by symbols that are defined in the Unicode character set. This makes it possible to:

In order to display or print these symbols, one has to have one or more fonts with good Unicode support installed on the computer, and the document (Web page, word processor document, etc.) must use one of these fonts.[1]


  • Unicode codepoints and HTML 1
  • Chessboard 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Unicode codepoints and HTML

Chess symbols are part of the Miscellaneous Symbols block.

Chess Symbols chart (PDF)
Name Symbol Codepoint HTML
white chess king U+2654
white chess queen U+2655
white chess rook U+2656
white chess bishop U+2657
white chess knight U+2658
white chess pawn U+2659
black chess king U+265A
black chess queen U+265B
black chess rook U+265C
black chess bishop U+265D
black chess knight U+265E
black chess pawn U+265F


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  1. ^ "Test for Unicode support in Web browsers". 

External links

  • Playable chess in 1024 bytes of javascript. Entry in JS1k competition by Óscar Toledo G. Usage of Unicode Chess symbols enables a playable design and keep the code less than 1024 bytes.

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