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Why aren't early opening moves generally given exclamation marks?

Wikipedia says the following: Exclamation points ("!") indicate good moves—especially ones which are surprising or involve particular skill. Hence annotators are usually somewhat ...
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Why aren't early opening moves generally given exclamation marks?

To try to give a concrete example consider Sax-Seirawan, Brussels 1988 [Event "World Cup"] [Site "Brussels"] [Date "1988.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Sax, ...
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Is this how to annotate your own chess games properly?

I think you did a great job there of annotating your game. If you have a coach (or an analysis buddy) and you were to show them that then they would get a big head start in identifying problems in ...
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Why is this move into a simple forced mate annotated dubious and not a blunder?

A blunder is a game-changing move. Nb8 does not change the result of the game which is utterly and completely lost regardless of black's move. Earlier in the game black did blunder when it gave away ...
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Unfamiliar with this move notation

de and fe are normal pawn captures. There is no contradiction in writing de and NxB and Nxe5. The "x" is optional. It would be unusual and inconsistent to write 4. BxNc6 and 4. ... Nc6 in the ...
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Benefits of studying annotated grandmaster games

Tal vs Botvinnik 1960 is very good as Tal is quite verbose in commentary and what he was thinking about during the game. In addition to the benefits you mentioned, the annotations help you understand ...
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Is there a way to get blunders, mistakes and inaccuracies using Stockfish?

Common methods for engine annotation include a strict evaluation model or the expected points model. In the strict evaluation model, engine annotations require user-defined parameters to classify ...
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Chess Annotation Software

Chessbase meets all your criteria and more. For example, it also allows you to look up any position in a reference database, see the main moves other people have analyzed, etc. The downside is the ...
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Penalty for violating FIDE rule 8.1.2 - writing moves in advance

Should it be a verbal warning and loss of the game on a subsequent attempt or something else? It depends entirely on the circumstances, although a player would never be defaulted for the specific ...
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How are chess variations meant to be read

Visualization usually improves as you get stronger, and there are exercises that can be done to improve it. When following lines in a book, most players use a board, and sometimes two. The second ...
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Why is Tal talking about 10. Qf7 when 10.... N5f6 is possible?

You made a mistake when transcribing move 7. It is 7. Qh5+, not 7. Qf3+. Move 10 is then Qh5f7, which is not blocked by the Nf6. [FEN ""] 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Nf3 dxe5 5. Nxe5 ...
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Java Library for PGN parser

You could use chesslib. In the README file there is an example of how to load and walk through all the moves from all the games in the PGN file: PgnHolder pgn = new PgnHolder("/opt/games/...
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Good resource for annotated games

The best annotated PGN game collections I found were added to my website after searching for days, see Annotated PGN file download page I added 950+ annotated games and every world championship ...
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Good resource for annotated games

I'm glad some have found the downloadable annotated PGN game archives at Path to Chess Mastery - https://pathtochessmastery.blogspot.com/ - useful. Although the individual game analyses (my own ...
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Enter non-game moves in ChessBase

Enter a null move by ctrl+alt+0.
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Delete annotations in pgn games

In Chessbase, copy the games to a temp database, right click the file, go to tools and select Unannotate db, then copy to the games to a pgn file. Edited to note Unannotate doesn't work on pgn files ...
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What is an "artificial" move?

An artificial move is one that does not fit in with what would be typical of the plan. It means "unnatural" given the position. In the game above, Bg4 is unusual, and only played 5.5% of the time in ...
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Comment/variation with different starting position

You can't do this in PGN, not the way you want it. There are some tricks that publishers (especially Everyman) use to create their "PGN ebooks": They split the book over many different PGN games. ...
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Chess Annotation Software

I agree with @InertialIgnorance Chessbase is very useful and good. I have also used chess database software which have the advantage of being free: Scid ("Shane's Chess Information Database") is a ...
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Why aren't early opening moves generally given exclamation marks?

Exclamation (!) is a highlight in analysis. Either it indicates strong move, or it is also possible to indicate unexpected move. Something to which opponent is totally unprepared. Something which will ...
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Sites which provide annotated openings (preferably interactive)

Wikibook Chess Opening Theory has similar aims but I don't think it quite meets all of your requirements. Still, it's the website closest to meeting them that I can think of, so I hope it helps. Being ...
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Unfamiliar with this move notation

As well as books, video presentations a lot of times presenters will say "d e" instead of saying "d takes e" I am trying to provide you with another example of its usage...it appears rather commonly ...
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Penalty for violating FIDE rule 8.1.2 - writing moves in advance

As always: It depends ;-) FIDE tells us that it is not allowed to write moves in advance, so the arbiter HAS to give a penalty. He may choose from those in Art. 12.9 considering the circumstances. ...
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Chessbase training annotation

Thanks for your answers. I have contacted ChessBase and they told me that training annotation is not supported in PGN files but just in their original database format cbh. So, there is nothing to be ...
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Automated annotation of good moves

It is not an answer, but an extended comment. A great question, and a very interesting functionality proposal. I don't know if such a tool exists - however if I were to implement it I'd consider ...
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Good resource for annotated games

Here are a bunch, although they are supposed to be used with a defunct product called ChessVU: http://www.angelfire.com/games3/smartbridge/ Note the huge and deeply annotated middle-game database. ...
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Why aren't early opening moves generally given exclamation marks?

Not many moves in the opening deserve exclams. A classic example was Morphy-Allies, Paris 1858: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Bg4 4. dxe5! and Black will lose a pawn, or lose bishop for knight while ...
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Why aren't early opening moves generally given exclamation marks?

As noted by the existing answers, opening moves are usually standard and as such expected to at least some degree. Arguably, Fischer’s 1. c4 in the sixth game of the 1972 World Championship match ...
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Why is this move into a simple forced mate annotated dubious and not a blunder?

Computer annotations these days commonly use ?! to indicate moves which are noticeably worse than the best move, but not bad enough to warrant a ? or ??. There's not necessarily any merit to the move, ...
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