(5 stars)


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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

- Extra help prompt to inform user about Hint/Analyse
- New option to only show Analyse option instead of Hint

- Adds one off Tutor option during play, for help when its needed.
- Analysis option now becomes available after using standard hint.

- Fixes inverse portrait orientation issue for some devices
- Allows earlier skipping of end of game animation
- Other minor fixes

- Updated Match Settings UI

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Comments and ratings for Chess
  • (75)

    by Steven Wall on 22/05/2015

    I like this game & find it very challenging thx

  • (75)

    by Ken Slaughter on 19/05/2015

    Requiring you to do a standard hint first and then go back to the menu again for the analysis option is just retarded. Placing little Tutor Dude in the exact SPOT that the Analysis button used to be is just retarded, as are most fiddlings with the UI. At the very least, having Tutor Dude versus Analysis Button should be selectable in the Options.

  • (75)

    by Matoro Zeliph on 19/05/2015

    There are so many variety of options to to customize your chess game. I also like how there is a hint system to help me think analytically for what pieces to use. Too bad there isn't any online multiplayer to play against randoms or locally. You would think google play games integration will give you that feature. heck, no one wants to share the same screen when it comes to virtual chess.

  • (75)

    by Dave Bélisle on 14/05/2015

    Great but it would be greater if you associate with chessmaster

  • (75)

    by Paul Thomas on 13/05/2015

    Good chess app but why so many updates? More updates than some major apps on my phone. Maybe devs didn't finish it - released it half built and adding stuff as they go.

  • (75)

    by Kurt Lane on 13/05/2015

    Check mate!

  • (75)

    by Yorgell Fayula on 10/05/2015

    I love it

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