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    Chess'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
    • 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 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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    by Peter , Appszoom

    May 24, 2011

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    John Donne

    by John Donne

    Sep 12, 2017  |  "Great"

    Nice, clean, and simple. Although the tutor definitely needs some work on giving you an idea of what you should be doing, as it just highlights a single piece and nothing more. I would also like to be able to hide the chess logo during the game.

    John Doe

    by John Doe

    Aug 31, 2017  |  "Good"

    For example to resign I have to press Menu/pic/resign/yes, I think it is too deep and not convenient.

    Kostas Kottarinos

    by Kostas Kottarinos

    Aug 24, 2017  |  "Great"

    You should fix the rating system. Playing with an equal opponent and get only three ratings points. Other than that great chess app.

    Matthew Norris

    by Matthew Norris

    Aug 04, 2017  |  "Awesome"

    Great purchase!

    charles sanders

    by charles sanders

    Aug 02, 2017  |  "Awesome"

    I think this is a great app. My only issue is when castleing sometimes it just moves the rook. Would be nice in pro mode to have some kind of system where the game maybe was set fault to reset a move.

    Michael Mackie

    by Michael Mackie

    Aug 01, 2017  |  "Good"

    Online mode seems to drop more games than I finish. I'll be in the middle of a game and all of the sudden the opponent will time out. I would think it is something as simple opponent doing something else, but then I'll try and get a new game and it won't connect to the server. It is ridiculous.