Chess Free

Chess Free

10,000,000 - 50,000,000 downloads

Pros
  • Game rules included!
  • Good for beginners
  • Good for pros.
Cons
  • Ads.
  • Transcripts can't be shared.
  • 2 player hot-seat offline.
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Expert's Review
7.0
Great

"Chess Full stop"

Reviewed by / May 24, 2011

Perhaps the best chess app we've found so far.

Chess. Mental fencing, willpower warfare, the triumph of mind over matter, or those little wooden pieces on a board that the elderly carry every other morning to the park... No matter what you call it, it should be on your mobile. Of course, you probably already have a lot of fun little games that are perfect for wasting your time, but I bet none of them is chess.
We believe that this app has some interesting features that differentiate it from many others we've seen so far. First of all, the rules of the game are written out in and easy-to-understand manner, so this app's suitable for those who want to learn practically from scratch. En passant capture and castling will be no longer be distant concepts.

The first thing that grabs our attention about this app is that when it’s launched there's a small intro where we see the machine play against itself. This is a nice touch.

There are ten difficulty levels, three boards and three piece sets. There should be more, but it has to be said that the strangest sets do slow the game down too much. In the easier levels, the IA is weaker but certainly not stupid and does not make unintelligible mistakes (at least, not too often), so beginners should have a realistic experience. At the end of the game, the match can be reviewed in algebraic notation. This option is useful for learning how to write matches down, but it's a pity that transcripts can't be shared or saved. Of course, games can be saved and resumed later and all you the pros out there will be happy with the option that lets you see what action the machine is contemplating before moving.

There's a hot seat option for playing with a friend and if this was available online, then we’d give the game a fifth star. While you're playing, the game shows ads on the upper part of the screen, but apart from that, this really is a great free chess app.

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Developer's original description available here
★ Top Developer (awarded 2013) ★

Chess Free is the best free Chess game on Android! and is currently the highest rated free chess on Android (at time of writing), from the 30+ free chess programs listed.

★★★★-- rating!: "Chess Free provides a rich and challenging experience of this classic board game, all within the confines of your Android smart-phone. " James Woodcock : Review Journalist (http://www.jameswoodcock.co.uk/?p=5427)

Featuring:

-- 12 play levels (Novice->Expert)
This uses intelligent weakening for lower levels. Good for beginners.

-- Uses Treebeard Chess engine
(as used in Microsoft's MSN Chess). This has a unique "human-like" style.

-- "Show CPU Thinking" option for level 3+
A unique feature, great for learning chess. This shows which moves the AI is considering.

-- Chess Tutor
This option shows a recommended piece to move. This will help you think about how you should play without telling you exactly what move to make. This is good for developing chess skill while also helping you avoid simple mistakes.

-- Chess Stats, Timers, Hints and Handicaps
Track your career history against each level and improve your rating

-- 2 player hot-seat
Play against your friends!

-- 8 Chess Boards and 5 Chess Piece Sets

-- Review game mode
Step back through your game and see how you won!

-- Load/Save game files & PGN Export

-- Designed for both Tablet and Phone

-- Full Touch screen and trackball support

-- Support for latest Android 3.X and 4.X action bar for options and menu access

Supported by unobtrusive Ads.

*Note: Requested permissions are a requirement of the in-game ads only. The Paid version has no ads, and therefore no permissions beyond writing to SD card.*

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Recently changed in this version

V1.81:
- Fixes a possible bug with the Tutor, where it can very occasionally suggest move for wrong side.
- Fixes a rare bug with K vs KBB endgame.

V1.8:
- Tutor mode added. The tutor will suggest which piece to move, but not where you should move it to.
- "Show Pieces In Danger" option added. Pieces at risk of capture are highlighted red, when this option is selected.


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    Excellent application

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    Great game

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    by Taofique Syed Ahmed on 24/04/2014

    Excellent program