Overview of Chess Publishing Methods

This blog is in fact an overview of all kind of Chess Publishing Methods. This post tries to give a short overview of my personal opinions about these methods.

Chesspastebin is based on JsPGNViewer, which can also be used if you are able to include the jsPgnViewer.js in your webpage.
The jsPgnViewer library takes the PGN of the chess game and parses it on the fly, which makes this JavaScript code very interesting.

The main disadvantages are:

  • It runs within an iframe on another site
  • There is an additional scrollbar, which makes that you have to scroll to see all the moves
  • Sometimes the games seem to disappear making that you have to publish them again


Chesspublisher creates a nice replayable diagram, but the result is limited to a diagram with some buttons. The main drawbacks of Chesspublisher are:
  • the lack of clickable moves and the fact that it is impossible to add variations.
  • and it also runs within an iframe like almost all chess publishing methods
  • In addition you have to genertate the diagram on their site

Chess Publisher 2

Chess Publisher 2 was an improved version of the original Chesspublisher, but not available anymore. This emphasizes that you can't really depend on other sites for the publishing of your chess games.

HTML Code Generator for Blogs

Quite another method to publish chess games on your blog is by means of the HTML Code Generator for Blogs, The method to publish chess games is described very well on their site and it can also be used for puzzles.

Some of the disadvantages
  • Fixed width and very limited possibilities to configure, like having a fixed width
  • Comments and variations are hidden
  • This method uses Java which takes a rather long time to load
  • The code runs and is dependatn on an external site.

LT-PGN Editor and Viewer

The LT-PGN Editor and Viewer is another rather nice method to publish chess games. There is no need to visit a site in order to convert your games or to generate the diagrams. You just have to add an iframe in your post with the url and the pgn data.

Some disadvantages:
  • Uses external site
  • The method uses iframes which makes that the viewer code is loaded for each game to be published
All files are available to run them on your own host.

Adapted version LT-PGN Viewer

An adapted version can be created that even has some more advantages. An example of this can be found in Some traps in the Sicilian game, but I used Google Pages to host the files which will probably be discontinued in the future.
The method can still be used on another host.

This adapted version fulfilled most of my requirements and I even thought that the Mission to find the right chess publishing method was accomplished, but I still had to do some experiments with chess puzzles and the method was still dependant on another site.
The originals requirements/wishes also stated that it should all be integrated within the blogspot template. Therefore the search continued.

Blogspot Chess Diagram Viewer

If you only want to display a chess diagram it can rather easy be accomplished by JavaScript that you include in your blogspot template as you can see in this improved version post.

Blogspot Chess Game Viewer

I also am convinced that it is rather easy to add replayable games based on a combination of Palview and the method I used to display the diagrams. You already can see some of the experiments with this method (see the two previous posts) and I will explain it in more detail later, but at the moment the code is still changing every day.