50,000 - 100,000 downloads

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

"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 elder carry every other morning to the park. No matter how you call it, it should be on your mobile. Of course, there are a lot of very fun little games perfectly fitted to waste your time, but 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 at all, there are written, easily explained, the game rules, so this app's suitable for those who want to learn nearly from the very beginning. En passant capture and castling will be no more esoteric concepts.

The first thing that catches our attention of this app is that just as it's launched there's a small intro, where we see the machine play against itself. It's a nice touch.

There are ten difficulty levels, three boards and three piece sets. There should be tens of them, but it's true that the strangest sets would slow down too much the game. In lower difficulty levels, the IA is weaker but not stupid and does not commit inexplicable failures (at least, not too often), so the experience for the beginner is optimal. At the end of the game, the match can be reviewed. This option is useful to learn 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. On the other hand, the pros will be satisfied with the option to see what action is evaluating the machine before moving.

There's a hot seat option to play with a friend. If it would be available to play with a friend online, we ought to give the fifth star. This paid version has no ads, but doesn't have any extra features.

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

Same as our "Chess Free", but no Ads.

"Chess" is currently the highest ranked paid chess on Android (at time of writing), from the paid chess programs listed.


-- 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!)

Download the best Chess for Android now!

Recently changed in this version

- Hotfix to 2.1 below. Fixes translation bug, and other minor issues.

- 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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Comments and ratings for Chess
  • (56)

    by Ben Davies on 12/08/2014

    Buy this app.

  • (56)

    by David Knipp on 09/08/2014

    Best chess game out there!

  • (56)

    by Gordon Smith on 09/08/2014

    And it learns; you won't be able to use the same strategies over and over

  • (56)

    by jôÑÃTHâñ zígMâÑT on 09/08/2014

    includes 2 players as well

  • (56)

    by Emad Aldeen Ali on 07/08/2014

    It is best if I can open .pgn file

  • (56)

    by Jakob Hildebrand on 03/08/2014

    But what I really want is the ability to challenge your friends over the internet (possibly via g+). If that is implemented then 5*

  • (56)

    by Daffy DUCK on 30/07/2014

    Not expensive , very nice, neat & clean, a '' must have '' game.