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Apologies for being a noob in this matter - a senior citizen friend of mine is looking for desktop publishing-like software to record chess games (diagrams along with personal reflection). The goal is personal publishing of chess games from their history. He is familiar with MS Word, but not much with other software.

From what I can see, existing software is aimed at creating Portable Game Notation files, which can be played back online, or is a powerful chess game database like Scid.

Is there some software for recording chess games that's closer to MS Word? I'd imagine it basically like a text editor, with a chess board on the side that can be configured with a certain position, then an image of it would be inserted in the text editor. No playback capabilities are required.

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    Nicest text-based way of working chess documentation is LaTeX. Though that comes with a learning curve and probably not meant for WYSIWYG users such as the person you've described. Have you simply asked him to use a wordpress type blog (where the editor/plugins allows you to easily embed boards of positions or full games with variations?) I think you can find a way to post-process the blog into a PDF, ePub or other document format once you've got the content all squared away. – shivsky Dec 12 '13 at 11:38
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The closest thing I can think of to what you want, though it is still PGN file based, is ChessPad. http://www.wmlsoftware.com/chesspad.html. It's a very basic pgn file editor/viewer which maybe your friend could use standalone, or he could use it to create diagrams which he then pastes into MS Word.

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For this purpose the best way is to type the game into MS Word (pasting from the PGN) and embed the diagrams. The diagrams can be best created using http://chessdiagrams.000webhostapp.com

  • Best is subjective, and you should mention that the link is to a website that belongs to you, otherwise it could get flagged as spam. – Herb Wolfe Oct 13 '17 at 14:51

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