(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

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

- Updated Match Settings UI

- New practice level added for an easy learning game
- "Confirm Pro Moves" mode added to the options

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

Comments and ratings for Chess
  • (74)

    by florin cristea on 26/02/2015

    Bought 10/12 games so far from you guys, you’re really doing a great job :) All of your games have a beautiful design and a lot of customization options. Keep up the good work! p.s. You should also release Bridge & Whist (both card games). So far no one has released decent versions of these two games and I would definitely pay for these as well… and I’m sure others will pay as well

  • (74)

    by Sinisa Nikolic on 26/02/2015

    Cmon guys, add online play. And without online, game is still best. I can't find any bug. Works perfectly.

  • (74)

    by Andrew Hagger on 25/02/2015

    I am a novice player of chess so this app is perfect for me to learn the game. I have found no negatives so well done developers.

  • (74)

    by Kevin Lewis on 24/02/2015

    My go to app when I have time to burn.

  • (74)

    by Avinash Rao on 23/02/2015

    My chess has always been a bit weak, so i looked for a chess app. This app really helped me strengthen my skills. Hats off to AI Factory, for this great app! This has probably even been the best dollar i have spent on google play! I would rate it a 4.9, just because it would be cool if there was multiplayer. I would really enjoy playing others who have the app, and im sure many others would like

  • (74)

    by Patrick Ewen on 21/02/2015

    Best dollar I've spent on the play store

  • (74)

    by Gordon Scott on 04/02/2015

    Downloaded the full game to get rid of ads and they still appear. I've tried paying again and downloading again but the same happens please advise

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