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Keyword Query: Chess Tactics PGN
You've got Computer Chess Software that allows you to Copy & Paste into the program "Portable Game Notation" (PGN) files, which allow you to easily explore Chess Games and Positions.

You're specifically after PGNs that include Chess Tactics.

If you're in a hurry and know about PGN files, you can click through to our Chess Tactics Index, via our Navigation Menu (← to the left of this page).

You'll find our Chess Tactics examples all have PGN files, which you can Copy to Fritz, in particular.

If you're new to Chess and are not sure what a PGN file looks like, here's one now:

[Event "Chess Tactics PGN"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2025.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Kasparov"]
[Black "Bart Simpson"]
[Result "*"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "r3r1k1/pp3pbp/1qp1b1p1/2B5/2BP4/Q1n2N2/P4PPP/3R1K1R w - - 0 0"]
[PlyCount "12"]

1. Bxb6 Bxc4+ 2. Kg1 Ne2+ 3. Kf1 Nxd4+ 4. Kg1 Ne2+ 5. Kf1 Nc3+ 6. Kg1 axb6 *

Usually, it's just all black text ... We've just highlighted the bit in red and blue respectively, to indicate the two parts to any PGN File.

The bit in red contains details about the specifc game, which certain Chess Software can understand. With this portion of PGN code, the program is told, for example, where to position all the Pawns and Pieces; which side's turn it is to move; who the players were, and so on.

Where there are ? symbols, the Chess Software program will simply ignore this, as there's no data.

As for the * symbol, I can't say about other Software, but I know for definite that, in Fritz 12, this is needed to tell the program that the game has yet to finish - neither side has Won/Lost/Drawn the game.

The bit in blue contains the Moves, formatted in Algebraic Notation.

You need to copy BOTH sections and Paste them in one go, into your PGN-capable Chess Software, such as Fritz 12.

To see how to do this, follow the Recommended Link, below, to our Copy To Fritz Help page.

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