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Awesome Online PGN Game Viewer

With the increasing popularity of 'cloud' computing and online applications for many kinds of tasks, I had wondered for quite a while why no-one seemed to have invented a way of opening and managing PGN files online, eliminating the need to download software for that purpose (e.g. the very useful and lightweight Chesscat).

I knew that there were webpages that allow you to paste a single PGN file into a text box, which then created a replayable board. For example Chess.com's own handy analysis board editor.  But I wanted something much more powerful.

Now, thanks to a single tweet from "Chess in Translation" I have discovered an awesome extension for the Chrome browser that lets you open PGN file links from a webpage on a replayable board in a new tab.

Not only that, but it also detects all the PGN links on a page, works with zip files, and even features a built-in chess engine. It's so incredibly feature-rich I almost have to pinch myself to believe it!

 

So if the bright new future of cloud computing eventually eliminates desktop applications, I'll be ready with my PGN viewer extension!

You can get the pgn4web Chrome extension here.

Comments


  • 5 months ago

    luqueagm

    So

    si

  • 16 months ago

    nezade

    AWESOME!! Thanks!

  • 23 months ago

    SonofPearl

    @ casaschi that's very sad news. A great shame!

  • 23 months ago

    casaschi

    From the pgn4web developers: unfortunately the chess games viewer extension for Google Chrome has been discontinued.

    No more updates will be released, not even for bug fixes.

    As of third quarter 2013 (or earlier) it is expected that the stable release of Google Chrome will reject this extension.

    Read more about the reason for this decision at https://code.google.com/p/pgn4web/wiki/BrowserExtension_GoogleChrome

  • 3 years ago

    chessContact

    Just wondering what game viewing methods they used back then...

    French postard c.1920

    @chessContact at iplayoochess.wordpress.com

  • 3 years ago

    humble_apprentice

    I'll take the plunge too. Smile

    Thanks everyone for the links they've posted.

  • 3 years ago

    hotwax

    "Often, this kind of item needs to see all pages so that it can perform a limited task such as looking for RSS feeds that you might want to subscribe to.

    In this case it's looking for pgn files."

    Makes perfect sense, tnx for the link... I think I'll install it anyway now.

  • 3 years ago

    mishanp

    It's not fishy at all: the warnings are explained here: http://support.google.com/chrome_webstore/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=186213

    "Your data on all websites" is given as a medium alert, but as they explain:

    "Often, this kind of item needs to see all pages so that it can perform a limited task such as looking for RSS feeds that you might want to subscribe to."

    In this case it's looking for pgn files. In any case, pgn4web has a good reputation as nothing other than a pgn viewer.

    @SonofPearl - I saw it mentioned on a computer chess forum, but unfortunately I couldn't refind the page to give credit to whoever noticed it first! pgn4web posts here, but I don't think that's where I read about it: http://www.open-chess.org/viewforum.php?f=3

  • 3 years ago

    humble_apprentice

    "Install Chess games viewer?

    It can access:
    - Your data on all websites
    - Your tabs and browsing activity

    Looks kind of fishy..."

    +1

  • 3 years ago

    hotwax

    Install Chess games viewer?
    It can access:
    - Your data on all websites
    - Your tabs and browsing activity

    Looks kind of fishy...

  • 3 years ago

    hzag

    wow fantastic thanks!

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ mishanp - yes, agreed on all points. It's a great find - thank you so much!Cool

  • 3 years ago

    mishanp

    I love that as long as you can find a link to a live pgn file you can watch the games live (as many boards on a screen as you like) with automatic updates. e.g. try Mark Crowther's live pgn file for the Reykjavik Open, which you can find here: http://twiclive.com/silverlive.htm

    Of course there you can also watch using the TWIC viewer (or the same event's available at ChessBomb) - but this would have been great for e.g. the recent Polish Championship, which wasn't covered anywhere but did have a live pgn file. Tablebase support is close to being a unique feature, and if they added a better chess engine (or allowed you to specify one on your computer) it would have pretty much everything you could need.

  • 3 years ago

    __vxD_mAte

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  • 3 years ago

    dzindzifan

    Thanks!  Awesome!Cool

  • 3 years ago

    stubborn_d0nkey

    Sounds great! Thanks for the find, will check it out!

  • 3 years ago

    Feci

    Wow, great extension! Thanks for sharing.

  • 3 years ago

    Cleptomania

    Thank you!

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