We are a professionally run organisation offering free email and web server chess for players of all standard.
We have been providing free email chess since 1994. Beeing always at the front end of new developments in 2002 we started to offer our server tournaments.
IECG PGN Standards
(prepared by Bill Brown and Jean-Luc Duriez)
Sample IECG GAME REPORT:
WHITE: last name, first name, email address
BLACK: last name, first name, email address
[White "Boni, Roberto"]
[Black "McShane, Mike"]
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. exd5 exd5 5. Ngf3 Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd6
7. O-O cxd4 8. Nb3 Nge7 9. Bxc6+ Nxc6 10. Nbxd4 O-O 11. Re1 Bg4
12. h3 Bxf3 13. Nxf3 Qf6 14. Qxd5 Qd8 15. Be3 Bh2+ 0-1
The above text is a sample pgn report using all of the correct notation
required by IECG.
It is based on the standard Portable Game Notation used throughout the
world for the transportation of chess games.
There are some rules unique to IECG and they are noted below.
IECG REQUIRES the use of the standard Seven Tag Roster for the storage of
archival data. Each tag is shown in the above example and you should take
note of the following general rules and exceptions.
a: DO NOT change the sequence of the 7 tags.
b: DO NOT capitalize the tags. They should appear as shown with only the
first letter capitalized.
c: DO NOT include any other tags. They must simply be removed.
d: No more than 1 space should appear between the tag and the
first quotation mark ("). DO NOT insert extra spacing!
e: DO NOT insert extra spaces within any tag or tag description.
Extra spacing means extra editing and the archives office will get very
Tag specific remarks.
All IECG events should be designated with the format TT-YYYY-S-NNNNN
where these 4 fields are :
TT = Tournament Specification
YYYY = Starting Year
S = Tournament Stage
NNNNN = Tournament Number
1) Tournament Specification : 2 digits (fix)
Class tournaments : CM, CA, CB, CC, CD, CE, CF and CN
Rapid class tournaments : RH, RI and RL
Quad tournaments : QM, QA, QB, QC, QD, QE, QF and QN
CUP tournaments : CP
World Championship tour.: WC
Server Tournaments : SH, SI and SL
Thematic events : TE
Two-Game-Matches : TG
Friendship Games (rated): FG
For old tournaments still running, some other specifications can be used
like the Large tournaments (Lx) or Friend Invitational (FI).
2) Year : 4 digits (fix)
The starting year of the tournament, with exception for tournaments with
more than 1 stage, e.g. : IECG CUP: the year of starting the PRELIMINARIES
of the tournament IECG World Championship: the year of starting the FINAL
of the tournament
3) Tournament Stage : 1 digit (fix)
Applicable to tournaments with more than 1 stage (CUP and World
F for final
T for Three-Quarter Final between Final and Semi-final (if needed)
S for semifinal
Q for quarterfinal
P for preliminaries
For ALL other tournaments (played in ONE stage) :
0 (the digit 0 and NOT the letter O !!)
4) Tournament Number : 5 digits (fix)
The number of a tournament, which define the tournament unambiguously
within its category. ALL tournaments are numbered consecutively !!
However, due to the multitude of events offered, the simplest way to avoid
errors is to just look at the tag suggested by your TD in the pairing
chart and follow the example.
The site is always IECG. Nothing else should appear here.
The date tag is always in year, month, day format. The year always
contain 4 digits, ie. 2002. Please note that the date should be the START
date of the tournament/game, exactly as indicated in the pairing chart.
This is for the sake of maintaining compatibility for the majority of the
archives. The month and day are always two digits respectively, as shown
in the example. Please DO NOT leave out the century designation or
rearrange the date order (yyyy.mm.dd).
The round designation is only used in Two-game matches and Quads in order
to differentiate between games played with different colors by the same
players. The round designation is not used in class events and should
always contain the number 1. DO NOT leave out the round designation.
Leaving it out only messes up the ability of automated pgn readers and
databases to read the games easily. If you leave it out, I must put it in
and you will make the archives office very upset. (GRIN)
[White "Smith, Bill"]
[Black "Brown, William"]
The black and white tags are obvious. DO NOT captalize the whole name.
The names SMITH and Smith are not the same to a computer.
Always put the family name first and the given name second. PLEASE, this
is vital. It is impossible to tell, in many cases, which name is the
family name. We have players from all over the world and we try to keep
things straight, so please, show respect for other people's names by not
mixing them up.
The ONLY valid results are as follows
1-0 (white wins)
0-1 (black wins)
Do not insert extra spaces!
Do not insert comments!
The body of the game is always in the format shown. Basic Standard
Algebraic Notation is used. (English designations, please).
Please do not insert extra spaces between the moves or within the body of
a move pair. Extra spaces mean extra work and we receive hundreds of
games to edit. PLEASE do not use extra spaces or any punctuation.
There is one exception to this rule. Some automated programs allow the
move to immediately follow the period of a move number.
ie. 2.e2 e4 rather than 2. e2 e4
This is permitted.
It is not necessary to designate an en passant move with any extraneous
text. If you do so for clarity when sending to your opponent, please
remove the text when submitting your game report.
THE BODY OF THE GAME REPORT SHOULD CONTAIN NO COMMENTS!
NO COMMENTARY SHOULD APPEAR ANYWHERE IN THE GAME REPORT!
The game result in the game body is NOT a move. It should not be given a
move number. Only one space should precede the result and the last move.
Remember, NO COMMENTS!
The Archives Office checks EVERY game submitted to the archives. If the
game is not submitted in proper PGN format, it must be manually edited.
If moves are ambiguous or illegal moves are submitted (as determined by an
automated process), then the games must be returned to the tournament
secretary for correction.
A game is not permitted to be placed into the archives until it is legible
to several PGN readers and databases. We do our very best to make any
corrections necessary. If you should find a game that is NOT correct,
please let us know so that we may take the proper action to have it
Please remember, the accuracy of the archives is only as good as the PGN
reports you submit. Please take care with your submissions.
IECG highly recommends that you use an automated email chess program if
you can, like ECtool.
If you cannot, then we highly recommend that you use one of the
many fine PGN readers or databases to check your notation before you
submit it to the tournament secretary. This will avoid the embarassment
of the TS having to come back to you to tell you that the game you
submitted has an illegal move due to a slip of the finger or a missing
move. Most errors are accidental and easily corrected, but all this takes
the time of the archives office to edit the game and the time of the
tournament secretary to have the game corrected. Let's minimize the
problem at the source.