TheChessCite finds positions from your chess games in chess books and videos. Our primary goals are to help you to make better choices about what books to buy; and, to help chess authors cite their colleagues. Our secondary goal is to streamline how you study chess. TheChessCite leverages only diagramed positions from chess books and videos. Think of these as guide positions; in particular, positions important enough to diagram are often paired with special insight from the author. Identifying guide positions in your own games will empower you to quickly reference insight from different authors and quickly see imporvement in you game. Happy studying!


Simply copy and paste your PGN into the game entry form: Link. Submit to see which positions match diagrams in published chess books and videos. Create an account and log in to upload and save your games.

Example Input

PGN headers are optional, some will be saved when you create an account and log in. Saved headers are shown in the example game below.

[Event "European Club Cup"]
[Site "Saint Vincent ITA"]
[Date "2005.09.20"]
[Round "3"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Shakhriyar Mamedyarov"]
[Black "Bozidar Ivanovic"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Be7 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. a3 c5 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Nxd5 exd5 10. dxc5 Nxc5 11. Be5 Be6 12. Be2 Bf6 13. Bxf6 Qxf6 14. Nd4 Rfd8 15. O-O Rac8 16. Rc1 Ne4 17. Rxc8 Rxc8 18. Qa4 a6 19. Qb4 Rc7 20. Bf3 h6 21. Qb6 Qe5 22. Rd1 Rd7 23. Bxe4 dxe4 24. Rc1 Kh7 25. h3 Bd5 26. Rc8 Bc6 27. Qa7 Bd5 28. Qc5 f6 29. b4 h5 30. Qf8 Bf7 31. g3 Rc7 32. Nf5 1-0


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TheChessCite will be periodically offline for maintenance as we are very early in devlopment: really a proof of concept in its current form. Although unlikely, if a major change to the database is needed your saved games could be reset. I still need to iron out some quality of life issues with the user interface and add books to the library. I hope to contine offering the site for free (several years at a minimum) but good hosting companies ain't cheap. If the site does receive interest from the chess community I will eventually seek an experienced full-stack developer to help out as a hobby/resume project. Questions and feedback can be directed to the author: nkinney06 [at] gmail [dot] com.