ChessKid has an exciting new feature, the Analysis Board Editor, which you can use to review your children’s games or to set up positions for lessons.
To review your children’s games you will need to get them in PGN of Portable Game Notation format. If your child has a ChessKid Gold account, then ChessKid will save all of their games in their Game History, and if they have a Basic account, it will save their last 30 days of games.
Children can access their Game History by clicking on their username in the upper left part of the screen and then “Game History” in the top middle of the screen. This will list their games in chronological order. Select a specific game by clicking on the result (won, draw, or lost) for that game. Then click on the “options” button followed by “Get PGN” to download that game as a PGN file.
To review a game go to the Analysis Board Editor, click on “Setup” and then the “PGN/FEN” button.
Then copy and paste the text from the PGN file to the “Enter PGN” box and start your analysis!
Another great source of games to use in your lessons is ChessStream.com as it has PGN files for many NC scholastic players.
- Go to ChessStream’s list of the “Top NC Schools in Chess”
- Find your school or click on one of the top schools to see a list of that school’s students who have played USCF-rated games
- The “Games” column will show the number of games that ChessStream has for each player
- Click on the games link for a player
- Click on the game you would like to see
ChessStream then gives you several options for that game:
- Copy and paste the notation into the ChessKid Analysis Board
- Step through the game within ChessStream
- Click on “Computer analysis by lichess.org” to analyze the game using lichess.org
- Download the game as a PGN file which you can load into other analysis tools