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

- Fixes bug with auto-rotation on tablets, which could ignore system locked rotation setting
- Fixes bugs related to the widget
- other small fixes

Major release V 2.0:

- Landscape mode for tablets!
- Achievements & Leaderboards via Google Play Games!
- Cloud Save for stats via Google+
- Two New chess sets, including a Lewis set
- New Casual (with play aids) and Pro modes
- ELO rating in Pro after 5 games vs CPU. Level 12 is ELO 2100

Lists with Chess

Some lists where this application appears: Reviewed by Peter Warrior, Analizadas por Mar GP.

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Comments and ratings for Chess
  • (74)

    by Darko Jeftić on 02/07/2014

    best chess i could find here, thx to developers for such an awesome piece of work.

  • (74)

    by ROBERT HOVANESYAN on 02/07/2014

    Great game. Highly recommended. Also real trainer for discovering world of chess

  • (74)

    by Ryan Holmes on 02/07/2014

    Lots of good features to help you learn as well.

  • (74)

    by Ardan Starmoon on 26/06/2014

    Works great on my tablet and is fun to play with my family.

  • (74)

    by Anh Van on 21/06/2014

    I never buy any thing in Google play so far in last 2 year but I have to buy this game just to support you guy :)

  • (74)

    by Arief Osmadi on 18/06/2014

    My account is available but i can't sign in. Need help fixing this. Thanks dev. Good game though. Keep up the good job

  • (74)

    by Zeven Inch on 15/06/2014

    Love this app since my fist android, free version is great too but bought it to support the devs. ;)