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noswonky
08-05-2006, 05:33 PM
Does anyone know of a free program that can load and view
Fischer Random PGN files?

I've googled without success.

Rincewind
08-05-2006, 05:47 PM
Does anyone know of a free program that can load and view
Fischer Random PGN files?

I've googled without success.

I assume these fisher random PGNs contain a FEN string for the initial positon.

If so both ChessBase Light and SCID should be able to cope with them. If you want to point me at such a file I can check compatibility as I have both products installed on my computer at home.

noswonky
08-05-2006, 07:04 PM
I assume these fisher random PGNs contain a FEN string for the initial positon.

They contain two additional tags: "Variant" and "FEN"
to indicate that Fischerandom rules are to be used, and
to give the starting position.


If so both ChessBase Light and SCID should be able to cope with them. If you want to point me at such a file I can check compatibility as I have both products installed on my computer at home.

Thanks for the tip. I just downloaded both of them and tried the file
below. Both programs load the starting FEN position correctly, but
they both croak on the castling move.

Winboard is the same. It loads the starting position from the
"FEN" tag, but it doesn't understand Fischerandom castling.

Here's an example PGN file...


[Event "ChesSOS Game"]
[Site "http://www.chessos.com"]
[Date "2006.03.14"]
[Round "-"]
[White "white"]
[Black "black"]
[WhiteElo "1500"]
[BlackElo "1497"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Variant "Fischerandom"]
[FEN "brnknqrb/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/BRNKNQRB w KQkq - 0 1"]

1. b3 Ncd6 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bf6 gxf6 4. e4 O-O-O 5. d4 e5 6. c4 exd4
7. c5 Ne8 8. Ncd3 b6 9. b4 Qh6 10. h3 Bc6 11. b5 Bb7 12. f4 bxc5
13. Nc5 d6 14. Nb7 Kb7 15. Nd3 c6 16. bxc6 Kc6 17. Nb4 Kd7 18. Nd5
Rc8 19. Rb7 Nc7 20. Qb5 Kd8 21. Rbc7 Rc7 22. Qb8 Rc8 23. Qd6
Ke8 24. Qe7
1-0

Rincewind
08-05-2006, 08:55 PM
Thanks for the tip. I just downloaded both of them and tried the file
below. Both programs load the starting FEN position correctly, but
they both croak on the castling move.

Yes the castling move is the rub. Sorry I didn't think of that, but it was worth a go I suppose.