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PgnViewer PgnViewer 2.1

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The PGNViewer 2.1 is a free program for the (graphical) presentation of chess databases, which are stored in the so-called pgn format. 'PGN' stands for 'portable game notation' - an international standard for the digital recording of chess games. The program includes language-modules in German, English and Spanish.

Screenshot: PgnViewerThe size of the PgnViewer-board can be zoomed. You can see the smallest representation here.
Click on the picture for the screenshot in original size.

The first Version of the PGNViewer was developed for the chess-CD of the chess club 'Rund um den Wartturm' (around the watch-tower) 2006 to replay the chess puzzles from the local Schaafheimer newspaper and the monthly magazine 'Schaafheimer'. The program has no functions for the active game (human vs. computer), nor for the computerized match analysis.

Tactics Training

A lot of PGN-Viewer which can be downloaded (under varying names) from the Internet are not designed to display chess puzzles. Even commercial programs do not allow thinking about a position. For example, some PGN-Viewer show the first move if a game or a position is opened and displayed. Or the solution for a chess puzzle is displayed immediately together with the chess diagram.

The PGNViewer 2.1 described herein shows chess games and combinations according to your specifications. You can access one or all games of a pgn-file. Optionally, the demonstration (autoplay) stops for specific keywords ('Diagramm #', 'diagram #', etc.), to give you the opportunity to think about the game. This is one of the basic ideas of this PGNViewer which thus is particularly suitable for tactical training.


PGNViewer.exe is not only a program to replay chess games. You also have the possibility to export the position currently displayed (in an html file). This simplifies the publication of chess combinations for example on the internet or in an e-book edition.


The PGN Viewer 2.1 is also available in a zip program package. It can be used without setup. Download links can be found here: 'ChessCDFeatures'-program-package
More information and an overview of my programs can be found on my 'App-Sitemap'.

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Download links

PgnViewer-Setup for Windows (exe)

PgnViewer-Setup for Windows (zip)

For Windows XP you can use the following download links:

PgnViewer-Setup for Windows XP (exe)

PgnViewer-Setup for Windows XP (zip)


The texts were translated from German. Please excuse mistakes in the translation if necessary.

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