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 ranked (at time of writing) from the 120+ 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.

-- Casual and Pro modes (NEW!)

Two different play modes allow you to choose how much help the game gives you, and stats are kept separate for both.

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

-- 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.

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

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

-- Achievements, Leaderboards and Cloud save for stats! (NEW!)
Available when logging in with your Google+ account

-- Provides ELO Rating based on your results against CPU in Pro Mode (NEW!)

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

-- 8 Chess Boards and 7 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
Landscape mode available for tablets. (NEW!)

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

V2.12:
- Stability improvements related to ads.

V2.1:
- Improved endgame play for levels 10, 11 and 12.
- Fix for KRKR endgame.
- Added Swap Sides option. "Analyse" improved, and its button moved to Action Bar.
- PGN issue fix.
- CPU will now offer draw and resign (can be switched off in options), and accept or reject player offer of draw.


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  • (58)

    by Charles Neel on 10/09/2014

    Good game

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    by SIMON WOOD on 10/09/2014

    its so easy to play

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    by Obey Mahlupeka on 10/09/2014

    Game that opens up mind Mmmmmmm

  • (58)

    by K.M. Anirudh on 10/09/2014

    Awesomeness - one word

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    by Zaur Eyyubov on 10/09/2014

    Simple, interactive, good to play in free times

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    by Umesh Hatankar on 10/09/2014

    Nice

  • (58)

    by Gregory Theodat on 10/09/2014

    Great