Creating, validating, and emailing PGN files

(for Android phones)


Four free apps can be used together to validate, edit, and email game from an android phone. Welcome to the hi-tech world.



   File Explorer Root Browser by JRummy Apps

   Chess Analyze PGN Viewer by Javiolo

   Ted (Text Editor) by Xavier Gouchet

   Gmail by Google


Go to the Play Store and install the above apps.


1. Open File Explorer Root Browser (Icon 'Root Browser' on your home screen).

Tap '+' near upper right corner of your screen.

Tap 'New Folder'

Insert PGN for file name, and tap 'Save'.

Verify that you now have a PGN folder in Internal Storage. That will be where you want to find or store all of your PGN files.


2. Open Chess Analyze PGN Viewer (Icon 'PGN Admin' on your home screen).

Tap the yellow 'M' for main menu.

Tap 'Board'

Toggle coordinates to 'ON'

You can also change the board colors (I like green and ivory.).

Tap 'Edit' to go back to your default board configuration.

Enter your AN Moves, and correct all problems that you find.

Tap yellow 'M' for main menu.

Tap 'File' and then tap 'Save PGN'

Tap 'OK' to include Tag pairs (Don't ask why. There doesn't seem to be a viable alternative.).

Your 'Save' Screen pops up. Make sure that it shows /storage/emulated/0/PGN/ at the top.

At the bottom, name the file that you want, e.g., jerry vs mohammad 10.20.2018


Tap close.


Go to your home screen and open 'Root Browser' again.

Find your pgn folder and check that it contains a file.

Tap 'PGN' and you should see the name of your file, e.g., jerry vs mohammad 10.20.2018.pgn


3. Open 'TED' from your home screen. Scroll down and tap on the PGN Folder icon. Your file should be there.

Tap on it and it opens to show your file.

Edit the following Tags acc to the following reeference pattern:


[Event "Canterbury Tournament"] {DCC or Conrad or Tasby or ChessTempo Conrad or ChessTempo Tasby, etc.}

[Date "2018.10.20.2018"]

[Round "2"]

[White "Mike"]

[Black "Miguel"]

[Result "0-1"]

1.e3 e5 2.Qh5 Nf6 3.Qh4 d5 4.Bb5+ Bd7 5.Bxd7+ Nfxd7 6.Ne2 d4 7.Nbc3 dxc3 0-1

{AN not resolved after 7 moves - comments are always placed in curly brackets like these.}


Note that the result Tag must agree with the end of the move string.

There are features in TED to allow you to make the text larger, which I really like. Play around and customize it to suit your taste. Your changes will be remembered so that you don't have to 'fix it' again.


> 4. Open Gmail (or whatever you already use to send email from your phone.


Send an email to with your PGN file attached.

See how easy that was :-)