August 26, 2009

Download .PGN Files to Learn Openings

[*See: Chess Openings for Beginners - All Lessons]

Lesson 19 is to give you the best Internet PGN link (page) where you can download on weekly base the PGN files with the latest games of chess masters. The learning idea follows: Download a .PGN file, Open it with any PGN Viewer Program, See the chess masters' games within the .PGN file. Pay close attention to the games' opening phase by openings' ECO Codes...

This lesson is divided into the following 2 parts:
I. PGN Files: Read Before Downloading
II. Download .PGN Files from the Best Internet PGN Link (Page)

If you have no any idea what are .PGN files and PGN Viewer Programs, read Part I first and then go to part II to download the files.


I. PGN Files: Read Before Downloading

This is Part I, which explains what are .PGN files, how you can use them to learn chess and chess openings, what kind of program you need to open .PGN files, and the like. Here we are:

• .PGN files are specially designed for chess players.
• .PGN files contain chess games or chess positions.
• .PGN file may contain one chess game or many.
• If you have downloaded .PGN file as zipped file, you must unzip it to read.

• To read .PGN files, you must download and install a PGN Viewer Program on your computer.
• If you don't have the PGN Viewer Program, click the following link:
Lesson 16: Download Free PGN Viewer Program
• If you have downloaded and installed the PGN Viewer Program, you may read .PGN files then.

• The Program being installed correctly, click any .PGN file and it will be open by the Program.
• You can also run the Program first, and then open the .PGN file via the Program's File menu.
• When the .PGN file is open, in the Program's Information Panel you can see the list of chess games.

• Each chess game is one line in the list with the following information: the Name of chess player who played White, his or her Elo rating, Name of chess player who played Black, his or her Elo rating, Result, Date, Event, Site, Round, and ECO Code of Chess Opening.
• If you click a chess game's line, the Program opens the game in a new window: You will see the chess board with the initial position and the Program's Buttons - Next Move, Previous Move, and the like.

• To replay the game, click and keep clicking the Next Move Button.
• When you replay the game to the end, click the Load Next Game button at the top and the next chess game will open.
• You must know the ECO Codes of the main chess openings to see the chess opening you want.

• For example, if you want to see the French Defense opening, click any game with ECO Codes C00-C19.
• If you don't know the ECO Codes of the main chess openings, click the following link:
Lesson 18: ECO Codes of Main Openings

• Please be informed that one ECO Code may includes few chess openings by names.
• For example, ECO Code C40 includes not one chess openings, but many.
• C40 is Latvian Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5), Elephant Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5), and few openings more.

• Before seeing chess openings via .PGN files, you are recommended to learn the initial positions and recognition moves of the main openings.
• If you don't know the initial positions and recognition moves of the main chess openings, click the following link:
Lesson 8: Download Chess Opening Puzzle eBook
Now we are going to Part II, which explains how to download .PGN files.


II. Download .PGN Files from the Best Internet PGN Link (Page)

This is Part II, which explains how to download weekly .pgn files with the latest games of chess masters from the Best Internet PGN Link (page).

• The Best Internet PGN Link (page) is a deep link of www.chesscenter.com.
• As of 25 August 2009, this Link (page) had the Google Rank 5 which is very high for any separate Internet page for chess sites (Google Page Rank is from 0 to 10, the higher the better, and roughly it shows the Google trust).
• As of 25 August 2009, this Link (page) has the Alexa Rank 179,268 which is very high for any separate Internet page for chess sites (Alexa Rank is from 1 to ~, the lower the better, and roughly it shows the site's place by the number of visitors).

• On this page, you can find each Monday the new collection of chess master's games as TWIC ("This Week in Chess") .pgn files.
• As of 25 August 2009, the lattest TWIC .PGN file number was 772.
• The TWIC .PGN files are published as zipped files: To use, you will need to unzip them.

• When you visit this page, you should make one click down to see the TWIC files.
• Each TWIC file has 6 different file formats to download.
• Each TWIC file has 6 different file formats to download.

• To download TWIC file as .PGN file, you must click column 4.
• You can find the Best Internet PGN Link (Page) by following the below link at Chess Links Directory, Chess Games Category at www.chesselo.com:
Click Link 3: Download Latest Games - This Week in Chess


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The topic of the next lesson: "Learn Opening Mistakes: See Few Games".