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I'm wondering if there is any chess software or portable chess computer that allows a position to be bookmarked while a variation is examined? For example, it's possible to download pgn for games analyzed in Chernev's logical chess. However, there isn't a diagram for every position, and occasionally the author outlines alternate moves and their consequences. While it's possible to follow through this analysis on a board and "unplay" the moves back to the point where this divergence from the actual game takes place, this can be time-consuming. What I'm looking for is the opportunity to bookmark a point in the game, follow the variation through, and then click back to the bookmark to continue on with the game, rather than clicking a back arrow for every move that was made. Thanks

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Chessbase is a commercial product that solves your problem. Any position in Chessbase is in essence a bookmark. You can just click on the move/position you want to go back to (all the moves are available visually beside the chess board). I believe the same functionality is available for free with Scid.

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In the days before electronics, I managed this with a pocket magnetic set. I'd follow along playing the game on the board, and when I wanted to explore a variation I set the "return" position on the magnetic set to save until I was done and wanted to go back.

These days every chess database of any stripe will allow you to jump directly to a given move. So you follow along, create a new variation, follow it, and then with one click you jump back to the original position.

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