White: Kd6, Rh6

Black: Kd8


Background story: I'm thinking of creating material for developing the visualization skills of my students. If I can convert easy problems to text notations and ask people to solve them without a chess board, I'm thinking it would be a good exercise for visualization in chess.

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    Do you really want to convert a pgn or rather just a FEN string?
    – Jester
    Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 12:34
  • I thought of converting a pgn database into such chess notations so that I can print them out.
    – Arun J
    Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 16:24
  • This is not the way to practice visualization. It's best done with a chess board but without moving the pieces.
    – limits
    Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 17:43
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    @ArunJ If the starting position of a PGN file is not just the standard starting position of chess, it is specified as a FEN string.
    – dfan
    Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 22:38
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    Produce a standard chessboard image from the pgn and let them look at that?
    – Tony Ennis
    Commented Jan 12, 2016 at 0:46

2 Answers 2


PGN is for game notation, i.e. the whole game. You can use the FEN notation by creating the position on chessvideos.tv FEN generator site and then use the code to input this into Fritz or your preferred software. Code is on the top right. 3k4/8/3K3R/8/8/8/8/8 is the code for the position you gave.


Just to complete the answer, you can use Fen2Ascii, a little program that converts pasted FEN lines into ASCII formatted text. From its website:

r1bqk2r/pppp2pp/2n1pn2/5p2/2PP4/5NP1/PP1NPPBP/R2QK2R b KQkq - 0 7

is changed to

B-Ke8,Qd8,Ra8,h8,Bc8,Nc6,f6,Pa7,b7,c7,d7,e6,f5,g7,h7 Black to move.

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