Setting the notation
Menu: Tools – Options – Notation
Here you can set the game notation.
Short algebraic notation.
Long algebraic notation.
Anglo-American descriptive notation, which is to be found in old chess books.
Notation with piece letters. You can type in other letters.
Notation with figurines.
. x +
You can choose to include or not to include capture or check signs (x, +) and the period after the move number. If you choose the underline character (“_”) instead of the period, ChessBase will insert a period and a blank after the move number (45. Kg3), which is preferred for some typesetting purposes.
The notation is right justified, with blanks inserted for this purpose.
For each main line a new paragraph is used. If you switch this off the entire notation, commentary and all, is given as running text.
A different style of variation numbering and indentation which you might have got used to in version six of the program.
Should the “material balance” be normally displayed below the notation? You can switch this display on or off by right-clicking the notation window.
Beep at end of variation
If you are using the cursor right key to replay a game you will hear a beep when you reach the end of the variation, and the replay will stop. This prevents you from suddenly jumping from a very complex line back into the main line of the game. If this is not a problem you can switch off the beep and the cursor will simply move into the next line.
Select a colour for the text commentary.
Select a colour for variations (second level or deeper).