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PGN Window

This section explains how to use Scid's PGN Window.

Other help subjects include PGN files and Scid, Exporting, and Importing games

Portable Game Notation is a common standard for representing chess games. A PGN file consists of two sections - a 'Header' containing tags such as [White "Kasparov, Gary"] and [Result "1/2-1/2"], and a 'Body' containing the actual moves in standard algebraic notation (SAN) along with any variations, annotation symbols and comments.

General Use

The PGN Window allows one to navigate around the game. Clicking on moves will jump to them, clicking on comments edits them. (And just like the main window, the arrow keys, v and z allow for game navigation). Using the middle button displays a small board. Right-clicking displays a context menu.

Chess Figurines

The Chess Pieces option displays small chess figurines instead of letters, to represent pieces. This feature is only available if truetype fonts are supported, and ScidChessStandard.ttf has successfully been installed, and may incur a small performance loss.

On Microsoft Windows, the fonts are installed automatically, but may not be available until Windows has updated the font cache. If they aren't available, browse the Windows\Fonts directory and double click the Scid fonts.

OS X users should also manually install the font.

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The PGN menu contains options about how the game is displayed. Some of them include: Colour or Plain text, Short Header, Column Style and Scrollbar. Personalised Colours may also be selected.

One slow systems, deselecting Color Display, will speed things up but with reduced features. You can also alter the format of comments and variations, choosing to display them indented on a separate line for greater visibility.

Context Menu