Chess Free



    Chess Free's review

    Published: 2011-05-24, by Peter Warrior.

    Perhaps the best chess app we've found so far.

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

    "Chess Full stop"

    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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    Peter Appszoom logo

    by Peter , Appszoom

    May 24, 2011


    Top Developer (awarded 2013 / 2015)

    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!
    Its first class tutor makes it great for both developing Chess Strategy and improving your chess skills.

    Completely free! This is not a demo, and has no locked options.


    -- 12 play levels (Novice->Expert) This uses intelligent weakening for lower levels. Good for beginners.
    -- Casual and Pro modes. Learn on Casual and progress to Pro.
    -- Chess Tutor. This powerful option shows a recommended piece to move, excellent for developing chess strategy and avoiding simple mistakes.
    -- Analyse move. Perform deeper analysis on your move.
    -- “Show CPU Thinking” option for level 3+. Allows the user to see what the AI is considering.
    -- Achievements, Leaderboards and Cloud save for stats! Uses your Google+ account
    -- Provides ELO Rating based on your results against CPU in Pro Mode.
    -- Review game mode. Step through your game!
    -- Load/Save game files & PGN Export
    -- Designed for both Tablet and Phone, supporting Landscape mode for Tablets.
    -- 2 player hot-seat and online. Play against your friends!
    -- Chess Stats, Timers, Hints and Handicaps
    -- 8 Chess Boards and 7 Chess Piece Sets
    -- Uses Treebeard Chess engine (as used in Microsoft's MSN Chess). This has a unique "human-like" style.

    This free version is supported by 3rd party ads. Ads may use internet connectivity, and therefore subsequent data charges may apply. The photos/media/files permission is required to allow the game to save game data to external storage, and is sometimes used to cache ads.

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    Users comments for Chess Free

    A Google user

    by A Google user

    Feb 23, 2018  |  "Great"

    All around great app

    Steven Bodge

    by Steven Bodge

    Feb 23, 2018  |  "Awesome"

    Relaxing to play

    Sameh Girgis

    by Sameh Girgis

    Feb 23, 2018  |  "Awesome"

    Cool play can't get enough of it

    David Wong

    by David Wong

    Feb 23, 2018  |  "Awesome"

    Simple but fun, no gimmick need, high level are actually challenging, good game.

    Saumya Khimsaria

    by Saumya Khimsaria

    Feb 23, 2018  |  "Great"

    Pretty Good. Just make the computer not automatically lose after a few rounds.

    Lyrique Sartin

    by Lyrique Sartin

    Feb 23, 2018  |  "Poor"

    This is trash, worst game ever.