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Scid vs. PC - Annotating games

I mostly play chess online. This is a convenient and quick way to participate in a chess tournament or to spend time with a friend chatting and playing chess in a suitable online location.

The database of my chess games currently contains over 3000 games and is an excellent material for analysis and consideration aimed at improving the quality of my chess play.

There is no point in making mistakes if we are not going to learn from them.

This part of the course is prepared in Scid vs. PC version 4.22 in such a way that the vast majority of this program's capabilities can be used in previous versions 4.x.
(Scid vs PC 4.0 was released in 2010).

How to do annotations - that's what this part of the course is about.

Let's start with...


Annotating game

When reviewing a completed chess game or when entering moves, Scid vs. PC allows you to add explanations to variants, comments, move ratings (!, !!, ?, ?!, etc.) and positions (+-, ±, -+, =, etc.).

Click to enlarge (works with any image)

In toolbar select Windows, then click Comment Editor.

A palette of different symbols will be displayed.

Using the Comment Editor, you can select and add the appropriate symbol for your chess game notation.

You can also recall these symbols by right-clicking on the move and selecting Comment Editor.

After adding the ?! symbol to black's thirteenth move and click Apply button, the notation looks like this:

Adding text commentary and variations

To enter a variation, select Edit on the toolbar and click Add Variation...

Or you can click +V icon.

When you are finished entering a variation, you can click on any field notation (or outside the variation).


Here is the new variation ( 13...Kh8 14.Bxf5 b5 ) after its entry:

To add a text comment, in the Comment Editor window, below the symbol field is a field where you can enter a text comment.