ChessBase (and other chess game viewers) Users Tip

Note: ChessBase Light (free to download) is an extremely robust Pgn browser if you do not already have one on your computer. It is ideal for trying this copy and paste tip.

This may be an obvious tip for those of you that know, but for those that don't it could save you a lot of time, and add a lot of enjoyment to your chess web site browsing experience!

If you see game scores on a web page, for example John Henderson's news always a game score for every article, you can get that game score into ChessBase (and probably other chess viewing programs) automatically!

You do NOT have to treat the web page as a page from a paper magazine article!!!!! - Once it's on your computer, you can do what you like with it!!


  1. Have chessbase open in another window, with Enter New Game selected ready for a new game to be entered.
  2. Highlight that game score
  3. Press Cntrl-C to copy
  4. Switch to the ChessBase window
  5. Press Cntrl-V (paste)

The whole game score will be entered automatically into Chessbase.

Exceptions and common problems

Castling represented by 00 needs to be changed to 0-0 for compliance
Castling represented by 000 needs to be changed for 0-0-0 for compliance.



Take the following 91 move game from the Drury Lane Grandmasters tournament:-

1 d4 f5 2 g3 Nf6 3 Bg2 g6 4 Nh3 d6 5 Nc3 Bg7 6 d5 c6 7 Nf4 e5 8 dxe6 d5
9 h4 Qe7 10 h5 g5 11 h6 Bf8 12 Nh5 Rg8 13 Nxf6+ Qxf6 14 Bxd5 cxd5 15
Nxd5 Qd8 16 Qd4 Bxe6 17 Nf6+ Kf7 18 Qxd8 Bb4+ 19 c3 Rxd8 20 Nxh7 Be7 21
Nxg5+ Bxg5 22 Bxg5 Rh8 23 0-0-0 Nd7 24 Rh4 Kg6 25 Rd6 Rae8 26 Be3 Rh7 27
Ra4 a6 28 Rb4 Ne5 29 f3 Rhe7 30 Rh4 Nf7 31 Rb6 Kh7 32 Bc5 Rc7 33 Bd4
Bxa2 34 Rh2 Bc4 35 Rf6 Bxe2 36 Rxf5 Bd3 37 Rf4 Bg6 38 g4 Re1+ 39 Kd2 Rb1
40 c4 Rxc4 41 Ke3 Rd1 42 Rd2 Rxd2 43 Kxd2 Ng5 44 Be5 Rxf4 45 Bxf4 Nxf3+
46 Kc3 Ne1 47 b3 Nd3 48 Be3 Ne5 49 g5 Bf7 50 b4 Nc6 51 Bd2 Kg6 52 Kd3
Bd5 53 Ke3 Bb3 54 Ke4 Kf7 55 Bc3 Ba2 56 Bd2 Ke6 57 Kd3 Ne5+ 58 Kd4 Bb1
59 Bf4 Nd7 60 Bd2 Kd6 61 Bf4+ Kc6 62 Bg3 Bh7 63 Bf4 Nf8 64 Bd2 Ng6 65
Be1 Kd6 66 Bg3+ Ke6 67 Kc5 Nf8 68 Kb6 Be4 69 g6 Nxg6 70 h7 Kf6 71 b5
axb5 72 Kxb5 Kg7 73 Kb6 Kxh7 74 Bf2 Kg7 75 Bd4+ Kf7 76 Bf2 Ke6 77 Bg1
Kd7 78 Bh2 Kc8 79 Bd6 Nh4 80 Bb4 Nf5 81 Bc5 Kd7 82 Ba3 Nd6 83 Bc5 Nc8+
84 Kb5 Bd3+ 85 Kb4 Ke6 86 Bf8 b5 87 Kc3 Bc4 88 Kb4 Nb6 89 Ka5 Nd5 90 Ba3
Kd7 91 Bf8 Ke6 0-1

It would be a pain to either manually enter the above, or get a printout of the page, and then play through the game on a board. With ChessBase you could use the cntrl-C and cntrl-V approach. Try it now!

This tip has been highlighted to me by web master John Saunders who runs the excellent 4NCL site.

In the light of this tip, I will try and make all pages which have game scores compliant to this, ie 000 will be replaced by 0-0-0 and 00 will be replaced by 0-0. Have a browse through the barnet chess players games section and try it out!