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Can we implement a replayer for chess analysis on the site?

I was just at the chess stackexchange and saw this post:

Very Aggressive Openings

The GIF of the chess moves would make understanding the moves much easier by visualization.

A board could be setup with a FEN: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forsyth-Edwards_Notation

and then use the notation they use now to animate the moves such as 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2 could be applied to animate it.

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  • It would be extremely helpful, but why not just use one of the myriad chess moves gif generator? For example: apronus.com/chess/wbeditor.php – Yannis Rizos Aug 23 '12 at 11:28
  • Didn't know each SE had it's own meta. Can someone please move this over to chess meta? @Yannis, that's a good one - the idea was to bring something like that to make it easier on the SE so that most answers start using it. I guess why reinvent the wheel, besides making it a tad easier and perhaps bringing uniformity – ParoX Aug 23 '12 at 11:32
  • @BHare Flag the question for moderation attention and ask for it to be moved to Meta Chess. Even if it's closed, don't worry about it, it can be re-opened and migrated when a moderator sees your flag. – Yannis Rizos Aug 23 '12 at 11:35
  • Displaying FEN is more important than having a GIF, which I find distracting without a means of controlling it. – prusswan Aug 29 '12 at 10:19

The related idea of a tool that would allow PGN input to display a game board was brought up a while back here on meta. Incorporating the ability to input positions via FEN was mentioned in comments there as well. This would indeed be a very useful tool to have on the site. It would greatly streamline the inclusion of diagrams, and would greatly improve the inclusion of analysis/variations in posts. And the added uniformity and aesthetic appeal might help make the site more immediately attractive to new users too.

I don't know what the best way to go about implementing such a tool would be. One idea - I don't know how feasible this would be - is to incorporate use of the Chess Tempo PGN viewer on the site. I know that viewer is used by sites such as ChessVibes (see it in action in this post, for instance). Anyway, like I said, I don't know what the best way to do this would be, but you're right that it would be a fantastic addition to the site.

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