chess players who want the ease and accuracy of an
electronic scoresheet at an affordable price, now there
is Chess Score Pad. Chess Score Pad is designed to be
easy to use because we know that you need to concentrate
on your game.
record your moves, email the PGN file to your desktop
computer and import the PGN file into your chess
database (ChessBase, HIARCS Chess Explorer, ...) for
- Designed and written by a chess player
who averages over 100 USCF rated tournament
games a year.
- Games can be emailed as a PGN (Portable
Game Notation) file attachment that can be
loaded into your chess database. The email
body (text or HTML) includes the game
notation to review or print.
- Universal App for iPhone, iPod Touch and
iPad for one low price.
- Supports portrait and landscape
orientation with LEFT and RIGHT hand
landscape layouts to make the best of
cramped tournament conditions.
- Quick and easy setup:
- You can start entering moves without
entering any information about the game.
- The "Next Game of Event" action
copies the event name and increments the
- You only need to enter your
opponents name and your name is
- You can select frequent opponents
from your contacts or type in their
- Your pieces are automatically placed
at the bottom of the screen.
- All moves are automatically saved. There
is no chance of losing the moves you entered
because you did not tap a save button.
- Move entry by dragging OR tapping the
piece. Both options are always available.
- Straightforward move correction. (See
- Review moves with single move buttons or
the live position slider to quickly find
critical positions for review after the
game. You can also use a swipe gesture to
- Options to check for legal moves and
positions (Not available on Tournament
- Adjust your screen brightness from the
board view with swipe gestures.
- Print a
scoresheet with a position diagram to an
- Option to include the time spent on each
move in the
Localization for English, Dutch, French,
German, Italian, Russian, Spanish.
- Option for long (♘g1-e2) or short (♘ge2)
- Option for Figurine algebraic notation
Standard algebraic notation (Nf3) .
Chess Score Pad is an electronic scoresheet
to record your moves during a chess game. It
does not provide analysis. It is not
certified so check with your tournament
director before using it in a tournament.
Keeping a score sheet is required for tournament
games and essential in order to review your
games to improve. Keeping a paper scoresheet
distracts you from your game and they are prone
to errors. Then the game needs to be manually
copied into your chess game database. With Chess
Score Pad there is no need to translate the move
to the coordinates or risk forgetting to record
a move. You simply drag or tap the piece to the
new square. Then, after the game you can email
the PGN file of the game and import it to your
chess game database for analysis and review.
Between games at a tournament it is easy to find
critical positions to review with the live
position slider. If you need a hard copy of the
game you can print to an AirPrint printer or the
email contains a the algebraic notation record
of the game.
useful information not only to provide the tournament director
with a score sheet, but also provide a record of the game that
can be transferred to a computer in order to carry out an
analysis etc. Could anyone object to this? This app
has already been used in tournaments with a number of provisos.
Firstly the appliance must be approved by the tournament
director and he will be looking for any function that will
transgress the laws of chess such as:-
Is there a method
of game analysis available?
There is no
option available that will check for illegal moves - this is a
matter for the players to identify, not a machine.
Will the appliance
make allowance for the time normally used in recording moves by
the normal manual process?
These are just some
of the reservations an arbiter must consider when assessing a
request that a game recorder be used. A main consideration
must be that an analysis of a position is not available.
In modern days electronic methods of providing a player with
such information is becoming increasingly available. It
has been recorded that a player has been receiving information
whilst playing, by means of an appliance placed in his shoes and
read by his toes! No one could blame an arbiter for being
suspicious of an application to the extent of not allowing it to
A few years ago (I
am relying on memory) there was an application that had the
universal approval of arbiters and was used extensively in
several international tournaments. In fact a tournament
was sponsored by the makers of this particular game recorder.
For some reason it then disappeared and I have no record of it
being used since and no explanation was available on why this
action was taken.
Is it now beyond
the resources of the makers of game recorders to persuade FIDE
on all aspects of the fitness for purpose of such electronic
aids as I feel sure that it's benefits far outweigh the
reservations against its use. If FIDE were to tackle this
problem and make such a pronouncement I am sure that it would
benefit the game as a whole.
6th February 2014.
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Part 2 The applications
Part 1 The Tablet