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history, library, opening and logging games

From the Actions menu, the top three items correspond to game lists. Show My Recent Games issues the history command. This shows the user's 20 most recently played chess games. ICC users also have a personal library of up to 400 games, which can be accessed with Show My Game Library or the liblist command. If the user has adjourned (unfinished) games, they can be seen with Show My Adjourned Games or the stored command. These can be seen for any ICC player, as well, e.g., by issuing /history Mike for player Mike's history.

A game list will appear like in the image below. The user can double-click to view a game or right-click on it for more options. (If, in the Options / Advanced menu, the user turns on Auto History Popup, double-clicking on a game becomes equivalent to a right-click.)

The game list for history can also be sorted  by each of
              the attributes shown.

PGN functionality

For these functions use the Game / PGN menu. Portable Game Notation is a standard file format to save chess games that can later be opened by this app again or many other chess apps. Internally the data format is text, and these files can be opened and edited as well in a text editor.

By default all played games are saved. This is controlled by the Log Pgn option. The app logs to Documents/LanternChess, to a file named lantern_yourname.pgn.
The user can also enable logging of observed games by selecting Log Observed Games . A pop-up will appear letting the user know where Lantern will log the chess games, separated by time control categories. These observed game files are lantern_oblitz.pgn, lantern_obullet.pgn, lantern_ostandard.pgn, and lantern_owild.pgn(variant logging added in version 6.11). Also any game spositioned(the quick view when not in examine mode) is saved with this option.

Selecting Open Pgn allows the user to open a file with this extension or file type. Once opened, a list similar to the one above appears. Then, double-clicking on a row loads it into examine mode, while right-clicking offers additional options.

As of version 5.44, loading is much improved. More files can be loaded successfully, automatically properly load variant chess played on ICC, and handle games that did not start from the initial position, such as with TrainingBot.

Save Moves on Board to file

save to pgn menu item on board game tab.

On double click on a tab below board and above typing area, there is a save to PGN menu item on this popup menu. It saves the current state of the board to a file of the user's choice. Examine games will not save with a result unless one is tagged. Example the commands tag result 1-0 tag result 0-1 or tag result 1/2-1/2. Observed, Played and Sposition will save with a result.

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