What is PGN?

PGN stands for Program Game Notation.

 For tormented souls who want more, refer to the zipped PGN spec.

If you want, download a very basic zipped standalone PGN player.

If you need a ZIP / un-Zip program, visit, and search for "zip".


Example of a game written in PGN format

  [Event "KO-50.2"]
         [Site "IECC"]
         [Date "1997.04.15"]  <--- Date of Start of game
         [White "Brown, Mary"]
         [Black "Green, John"]
         [Result "1-0"]

         1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 b6 4.O-O Bb7 5.d4 Qf6
         6.c3 O-O-O 7.Nbd2 exd4 8.cxd4 Nge7 9.d5 Ne5
         10.Qe2 N7g6 11.Ba6 Bd6 12.Nxe5 Qxe5 13.Bxb7+ Kxb7
         14.Nf3 Qh5 15.b3 c5 16.dxc6+ dxc6 17.Bb2 Rhe8
         18.Rfc1 Bf4 19.Rc4 Rd2 20.Qxd2 Bxd2 21.Nxd2 Nf4
         22.e5 f5 23.exf6 Qg5 24.g3 Ne2+ 25.Kf1 Qb5
         26.f7 Kc8 27.fxe8=Q+ Kc7 28.Rd4 Nc1+ 29.Kg1 c5
         30.Qe3 Nxb3 31.axb3 g5 32.Rda4 c4 33.Ra6 Qa5
         34.R6xa5 c3 35.Nc4 cxb2 36.Rd1 b1=N 37.Qe4 Nc3
         38.Rxa7+ Kb8 39.Qb7# 1-0

Winboard - PGN Player/editor & Chess Server and Engine Interface

  There are many free ".pgn" viewers available. The latest standard is Winboard. Here is a site that you can download it from...

Winboard lets you play/edit PGN files as well as function as an interface to a chess server (like ICS) or a chess engine like Craft.

Just scroll down to Download stable WinBoard 4.2.7 and "save" it. Then go to the ".exe" that you saved and double click to execute and install it. After it is installed, you can click on any ".pgn" file and play through the games. You can even edit them and make comments.