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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)





WHITE: last name, first name, email address

BLACK: last name, first name, email address


[Event "CA-2002-0-00076"]

[Site "IECG"]

[Date "2002.06.28"]

[Round "1"]

[White "Boni, Roberto"]

[Black "McShane, Mike"]

[Result "0-1"]


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.



[Event "CA-2002-0-00076"]


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

Championship) :

  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.


[Site "IECG"]


The site is always IECG.  Nothing else should appear here.



[Date "2002.06.28"]


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 (


[Round "1"]


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.


[Result "1-0"]


The ONLY valid results are as follows


  1-0     (white wins)

  0-1     (black wins)

  1/2-1/2 (draw)


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 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.





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