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Looking for Chess "Notepad" Software

  • #1

    I'm looking for a piece of software I can use as a sort of "notepad" for recording my own notes on chess positions and moves.

    This would not be for playing chess - no engines necessary. It would simply allow me to layout and move the pieces for both sides on a board. It would also have an area where I could make text notes and, ideally, a move list to keep track of the moves.

    I'm thinking of something I could download onto my PC and open in a separate window from my browser.

    Does anyone have any ideas?

  • #2

    Chessbase Light, it is free.

  • #3

    It would be nice to have a facility to record playing notes, that insert into your games png file.  Often I wonder what the hell I was thinking when recapping my games lol 

  • #4

    You can manually insert notes into a .pgn file at any point merely by using curly brackets: {la la la horrible blunder blah}.  A .pgn file in case you don't know is just a text file and can be opened with any text editor.

    Fritz and Chessbase let's you insert notes by, if I recall, by right clicking the move and choosing the add text before or after move menu choice.

  • #5

    Just about any chess GUI would work, but if you're looking for something simple, try either ChessPad or the Tarrasch Chess GUI.



  • #6
  • #7

    Thanks to everyone for the information. I'll check out your suggestions.

    This was my first posting on a Chess.com forum and when I saw how active the forums are, where topics scroll off the first pages quickly, I wasn't sure anyone would see my message and respond.


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