Chess is one of the oldest and popular indoor games in many countries. Though there are different formats available, the standard game in Chess consists of 32 pieces or coins. The pieces are divided in two sets – 16 pieces each in black and white colors. You can easily make these Chess symbols with keyboard to insert on your documents and chat conversations using keyboard shortcuts and other tools.
Below is the list of chess pieces for each set in white and black colors.
- Pawn – total 16 pieces 8 each
- King – total 2 pieces 1 each
- Queen – total 2 pieces 1 each
- Rook – total 4 pieces 2 each
- Bishop – total 4 pieces 2 each
- Knight – total 4 pieces 2 each
Though the game has 32 pieces in total, there are only 12 unique pieces excluding repetition.
Alt Code Shortcuts for Chess Symbols
The easy option to make these Chess symbols on your documents is to use alt code shortcuts. Below are the alt code shortcuts for Windows and Mac to type Chess pieces.
|Symbol||Name||Mac Code||Windows Code|
|♔||White Chess King||Option + 2654||Alt + 9812|
|♕||White Chess Queen||Option + 2655||Alt + 9813|
|♖||White Chess Rook||Option + 2656||Alt + 9814|
|♗||White Chess Bishop||Option + 2657||Alt + 9815|
|♘||White Chess Knight||Option + 2658||Alt + 9816|
|♙||White Chess Pawn||Option + 2659||Alt + 9817|
|♚||Black Chess King||Option + 265A||Alt + 9818|
|♛||Black Chess Queen||Option + 265B||Alt + 9819|
|♜||Black Chess Rook||Option + 265C||Alt + 9820|
|♝||Black Chess Bishop||Option + 265D||Alt + 9821|
|♞||Black Chess Knight||Option + 265E||Alt + 9822|
|♟||Black Chess Pawn (emoji)||Option + 265F||Alt + 9823|
Typing Chess Symbols in Windows Computer
There are many ways to insert Chess symbols in Windows based computers.
1. Using Alt Codes
You can use the alt code in the above table to insert Chess symbols in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook or any other documents in Windows. However, you need a separate number pad on your keyboard to type the numbers. For example, alt + 9820 will make black rook symbol like ♜.
2. Using Alt + X Method in Word
Unfortunately, the above alt code shortcuts will not work with the normal number keys on your laptop keyboard. Alternate option is to use the alt + x method with hexadecimal number that will work with normal number keys. For example, 9817 alt + x will make the white pawn symbol like ♙. However, it will only work with Microsoft Word documents in Windows.
Make Chess Symbols in Mac
Follow the instructions to insert Chess symbols on MacBook.
- Change the input method to Unicode Hex Input.
- Hold one of the option keys.
- Type the hexadecimal number from the above table.
- For example, option + 9815 will make white bishop symbol like ♗.
In case if the shortcut is not working or you are not able to change the input method then use Character Viewer app.
- Press “Control + Command + Space” keys to open Character Viewer app.
- Type “chess” in the search box to filter the relevant symbols.
- You will all Chess symbols are filtered, double click on any symbol to insert on your document.
Pawn Emoji Symbol
Out of 12 Chess emoji symbols, black pawn is part of Unicode emoji with the same code point U+265F and with the name “Chess Pawn”. You can insert this Chess pawn emoji in Mac, using the same Character Viewer as explained above. On Windows 10 documents, in addition to alt code methods you can use the emoji panel to insert Ches pawn emoji.
- Press “Win Logo + .” keys to open emoji panel.
- Type “chess” to filter the pawn symbol.
- Click on the symbol to insert on your document.
Chess Symbol Variations
Character Viewer app in Mac offers built-in font variations for each Chess symbol. However, you have to manually adjust the font and colors in Windows computers. Below are some of the variations in color with backgrounds.