'I declare it's marked out just like a large chessboard!' Alice said at last. 'There ought to be some men moving about somewhere—and so there are!'
—Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found there. 1872

Chess Grabber

Create a FEN from a chess diagram picture

Use Chess Grabber to turn a picture of a chess diagram to Forsyth-Edwards Notation.

Submit a picture

You can submit pictures in three ways:

  • Provide the URL of a picture somewhere on the web.
  • Upload a file from your own computer.
  • Create a snapshot using your computer's camera.

Find your chess diagram somewhere on the web, right-click it and choose 'Copy Image Location' or choose 'Properties' and copy the Address (URL).

Find your chess diagram on your own computer.

Allow Flash to access your webcam. Hold the newspaper, book or magazine in front of your webcam and click 'Make a snapshot'.
Use 'snapshot timer' for a delay.

For a complete FEN, you also need to provide the following information:

Move: White Black
White can still castle: Kingside Queenside
Black can still castle: Kingside Queenside
Is there a pawn that can be captured e.p.? On which field?
Number of half-moves since last capture
or pawn move (50-move rule):
Move number (for reference only):