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Learn Chess with Dr. Wolf

Learn Chess with Dr. Wolf

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Friendly, personal chess coaching on how to play and win.

4.5 Ratings 18K+ Reviews 1M+ Downloads
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4.5
17.6K+ Ratings
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  • The best chess app yet Feb 7, 2020

    By Another Scrabble addict
    I downloaded this app with some skepticism, since I’ve tried numerous chess apps over the years but found them frustrating. This one, however, is in a league of its own (I have the paid version). My chess abilities have skyrocketed, and my only complaint is that it’s addictive! I would like to see some additional options as the developers continue to listen to feedback, as they so graciously do. Some suggestions: let the user see which pieces have been captured; add a forward button (for when we use the back button and then change our mind—sometimes Dr W plays differently when we do that); explain why he sometimes labels a move as a blunder (in the “learn from your mistakes” option after a game, which is generally very helpful). In that section, I’d also like to see exactly what I played when he shows me the board where I made a mistake. But for those of you wondering whether this app is worth it, I would say that its advantages are terrific!
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  • Jan 12, 2021

    By Alex Dawson
    Love the app! Got the premium version for a short while and loved some of the explanations on why I should or should not make certain moves. However after a few weeks of consistent use the app does its job. 4 starts is because while it teaches tactics great I wish there was more in terms of strategy past the openings! However, as someone who's played chess but not seriously until now this really encouraged me to get started and learn it for real!
    more
  • Good for Basics - Buyer Beware Jan 1, 2021

    By disappointed_customers
    I really enjoyed this app at first. I think it has a great approach to teach a beginning chess player. Really like the format. However, eventually you hit a “pay wall” which can be frustrating. I was considering buying the additional content/access.... and then? I was playing Dr Wolf, and he castled to get out of check. You can’t do that. Clearly a glitch / bug, whatever. But I’m not going to pay to play against a computer opponent (and pay for “coaching” from “him”) if he sometimes is programmed to forget some basic rules. Not cool. Not paying. Deleting. To the programmer: check your logic to make sure Dr Wolf knows the castling rules and follows them. Update following developer response: I have increased my rating by 2 stars, as the developer responded quickly and kindly to show interest in investigating the bug. I really appreciate that as a user that they stand by their product. Unfortunately, I can’t help any further right now, as I can’t generate a screenshot from a game from some time ago. As I’d spent many hours playing Dr Wolf, I think this issue to be very rare indeed - if it were to happen in future I will of course try to be more helpful and save a screenshot (also a PGN). Thanks for reaching back - if it happens again I will supply better data to you via an email or something instead of an app review!
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  • Dec 29, 2020

    By Parvathy Spillai
    I love this game so much it helps you learn chess super easily. The 4 star is because after playing for a while it asks us to take the premium version of it , though it stops after a while so it does not count it doesn't take too much space and you can learn chess wherever you goand I'm in love with this app it is wonderful I really recommended and it's very good because you can change the setting to your strength level and it's a very good.
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  • “Expert” level not expert enough. Jul 22, 2020

    By AnotherQuixote
    Dr. Wolf at expert level is no more than a version of the advanced level that makes almost just as many mistakes, albeit less embarrassing ones. When I launch a legitimate attack on “expert” Dr. Wolf, he often makes ridiculous blunders that beckons checkmate in less than 5 moves, leaving me feeling snubbed by the end. There are obviously somewhat educational purposes to his sudden weaknesses, but a difficulty level named as it is should be a platform where highly advanced players can feel consistently challenged. I believe having a more formidable opponent that can still act as a guide through more complicated variations retains more educational value than an opponent who plays with enticing inaccuracy. The latter is, after all, not an ideal role model for the more perceptive amateurs. Also, the concept of “strong moves” are based on very short-sighted standards, evaluating my moves just in light of incidental guiding principles and not the overall strategy of the game. Not expert teaching, I guess. If the nature of the app’s chess advice would be more refined and flexible, this app would become more competitive. And if learning opportunities and consistency of computer strength could be reconciled in an exceptional way, this app would become my favorite for chess.
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  • Dec 26, 2020

    By Shanti Pothapragada
    It plays many moves ahead, but it only coaches you 1 move ahead, so it often things like "perfect move, defending your pawn! Now I move here, checkmate." Only teaches you rules of thumb, not to look ahead, and it feels like it's patronizing you and lying about how good your moves are so it can win. >>If you keep undoing all the moves in your game you can never hit the pay wall after the third game.
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  • The best chess app yet Feb 7, 2020

    By Another Scrabble addict
    I downloaded this app with some skepticism, since I’ve tried numerous chess apps over the years but found them frustrating. This one, however, is in a league of its own (I have the paid version). My chess abilities have skyrocketed, and my only complaint is that it’s addictive! I would like to see some additional options as the developers continue to listen to feedback, as they so graciously do. Some suggestions: let the user see which pieces have been captured; add a forward button (for when we use the back button and then change our mind—sometimes Dr W plays differently when we do that); explain why he sometimes labels a move as a blunder (in the “learn from your mistakes” option after a game, which is generally very helpful). In that section, I’d also like to see exactly what I played when he shows me the board where I made a mistake. But for those of you wondering whether this app is worth it, I would say that its advantages are terrific!
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  • Jan 6, 2021

    By Dale Kefford
    Learning so much, with great tips and help showing better moves that could of been made. Reviews mistakes at the end of a match made during game play. A lot of in house lesson plans which also rank your progress. Subscription carries over to my other device however it seems progress made on one device doesn't sync with the 2nd device. Hopefully I'm just missing something in settings and the developers will give advice. Other than that slight issue 5 stars
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  • Bad reviews come from Freeloaders Apr 29, 2020

    By 112233-?
    Before getting this app, I only knew how the pieces moved. That’s it. I went through all the lessons for beginners and then played a game against the AI set at “strong beginner”. I was able to defeat it, albeit with my coach every once in a while nudging me in the right direction and the ability to take back some bad moves here and there. The amount I learned is astonishing. I signed up for the $4.99/month which is just peanuts considering you get a “coach” that actually teaches you and sets up many exercises and problems when covering lessons. Much like a math or music tutor would do. If you do yearly instead of monthly you’ll get it for less than three bucks a month. This is such a no-brainer. I took the free trial and saw the value right away. Not surprisingly, the bad reviews for this magnificent app come from people who want everything for free. That’s their main beef: “Waa waaaa it’s pay for play, waaa waaa”. How are they surprised that they have to pay for quality goods and services? Do these people go to a car dealership, enjoy their free test drive, and then complain that they have to pay if they actually want the car? Anyway, the AI coaching here is nice. A patient and understanding experienced dude at your service 24/7. Exceptional for beginners.
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  • Jan 3, 2021

    By Dude You're Sick
    It's really good. My only complaint about this app is that it doesn't teach you enough about specific openings and solid strategies about mid and late game(It does tell you about mistakes and correct plays tho). But this is not enough for me to give less than 5 stars, because the app is quite good
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  • Five stars with a caveat! Oct 29, 2020

    By zLemal
    Overall this is the best app I’ve found to learn chess. The balance of constructive criticism to congratulation is encouraging and it keeps you wanting to learn more. My only complaint is that sometimes the hint button that shows you the best place to move makes no sense and there’s no explanation for why that move was suggested. One time it advised me to basically forfeit my last rook and my queen and then its next move was checkmate. Unless it was some greater lesson on listening to your own instincts, I can’t figure out why that was helpful! I would also love a button that shows pieces captured.
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  • Jan 12, 2021

    By Alex Dawson
    Love the app! Got the premium version for a short while and loved some of the explanations on why I should or should not make certain moves. However after a few weeks of consistent use the app does its job. 4 starts is because while it teaches tactics great I wish there was more in terms of strategy past the openings! However, as someone who's played chess but not seriously until now this really encouraged me to get started and learn it for real!
    more
  • Good for Basics - Buyer Beware Jan 1, 2021

    By disappointed_customers
    I really enjoyed this app at first. I think it has a great approach to teach a beginning chess player. Really like the format. However, eventually you hit a “pay wall” which can be frustrating. I was considering buying the additional content/access.... and then? I was playing Dr Wolf, and he castled to get out of check. You can’t do that. Clearly a glitch / bug, whatever. But I’m not going to pay to play against a computer opponent (and pay for “coaching” from “him”) if he sometimes is programmed to forget some basic rules. Not cool. Not paying. Deleting. To the programmer: check your logic to make sure Dr Wolf knows the castling rules and follows them. Update following developer response: I have increased my rating by 2 stars, as the developer responded quickly and kindly to show interest in investigating the bug. I really appreciate that as a user that they stand by their product. Unfortunately, I can’t help any further right now, as I can’t generate a screenshot from a game from some time ago. As I’d spent many hours playing Dr Wolf, I think this issue to be very rare indeed - if it were to happen in future I will of course try to be more helpful and save a screenshot (also a PGN). Thanks for reaching back - if it happens again I will supply better data to you via an email or something instead of an app review!
    more
  • Dec 29, 2020

    By Parvathy Spillai
    I love this game so much it helps you learn chess super easily. The 4 star is because after playing for a while it asks us to take the premium version of it , though it stops after a while so it does not count it doesn't take too much space and you can learn chess wherever you goand I'm in love with this app it is wonderful I really recommended and it's very good because you can change the setting to your strength level and it's a very good.
    more
  • “Expert” level not expert enough. Jul 22, 2020

    By AnotherQuixote
    Dr. Wolf at expert level is no more than a version of the advanced level that makes almost just as many mistakes, albeit less embarrassing ones. When I launch a legitimate attack on “expert” Dr. Wolf, he often makes ridiculous blunders that beckons checkmate in less than 5 moves, leaving me feeling snubbed by the end. There are obviously somewhat educational purposes to his sudden weaknesses, but a difficulty level named as it is should be a platform where highly advanced players can feel consistently challenged. I believe having a more formidable opponent that can still act as a guide through more complicated variations retains more educational value than an opponent who plays with enticing inaccuracy. The latter is, after all, not an ideal role model for the more perceptive amateurs. Also, the concept of “strong moves” are based on very short-sighted standards, evaluating my moves just in light of incidental guiding principles and not the overall strategy of the game. Not expert teaching, I guess. If the nature of the app’s chess advice would be more refined and flexible, this app would become more competitive. And if learning opportunities and consistency of computer strength could be reconciled in an exceptional way, this app would become my favorite for chess.
    more
  • Dec 25, 2020

    By daniel alvarez
    Excellent app, explains as you play why a move is good or bad. However, it lacks two key features. 1: you can't review past games, only the one immediately played. A record of all games played would be helpful. 2: a pgn export feature would also be nice. Other than that it's perfect. EDIT: found the export PGN feature but it was buried in the options. It should be easier to access, maybe a prompt when the game finishes.
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  • Only Worth it For Lessons, Not Actually Playing Chess Nov 25, 2020

    By Dream Surfin
    The app has great lessons, my chess game has already improved significantly with the free ones! Playing actual chess games against the AI is a different story however. I have yet to find an AI that doesn't cheat, or refuse to lose. I tried to win many games against the AI here, and only won once. One game I had a rook, a queen, a knight, and a bishop and the AI only had the king. I should've been able to win that one, right? Everytime I made a move with any of these that would put its king in check with it cornered the AI would call a draw. I took back the move and tried to win with many different moves and angles, and got the same results. I am, however, able to beat the AI of other chess apps with strategies from this one, when they don't cheat that is. Edit: (In response to developers response.) Ty for letting me know that, As a beginner I did not know that rule about chess. I probably just missed it. Some of the other chess apps out there don't always enforce that one as much. Maybe you could have Dr. Wolf explain that more often? I'll be sure to send in screenshots of anything that I have questions about.
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  • Jan 6, 2021

    By Arnav Anand
    Nice app. Teaches you different lessons in chess. I have this app for almost 6 months and there is only one problem and that is, after 4 months it asks us to buy the premium one. Or else we could not learn lessons! But when I checked it out, it was worth buying. That is why I have rated 3 stars only. 🤩😄
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  • Lacks some of the most basic features of a chess app Aug 15, 2020

    By Mgddpub
    How do you make a chess app and not show what pieces have been captured or what piece was captured by the last move? It’s mind-blowing to me that a high school comp sci project would leave that out let alone an app that charge 5 bucks a month. There’s also no way to switch sides unless Dr Wolf is in the mood to. He played a move that seemed mind-bogglingly stupid so I wanted to switch sides and see his thoughts if I played the move I thought he should have taken. Can’t do it. Also, the tutorials are VERY limited. The concept here is great. I like the idea of having him create opportunities to teach you various concepts through play but the execution is terrible. I do like the art style of the app and newspaper chess board. But geez, what about the basics?
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  • Dec 26, 2020

    By Daniel Madar
    Looks like a wonderful app but require some improvements. I played as a beginner. At start, it looks very engaging but soon Dr Wolf start repeating his phrases which start annoying but more important, he guided me twice into weird descision which I lost pieces as a result. Maybe these steps lead to a later advantage but as a beginner I didn't understand it.
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  • Jan 12, 2021

    By Michael Macnab
    Excellent for beginners, learning basic strategy and rules. at advanced levels, the formulas fall apart and Dr. Wolf recommends moves that 100% of the time lead to your loss or draw. When i ignore the advice of Dr. Wolf, i am able to win at advanced and higher
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  • Dec 26, 2020

    By Shanti Pothapragada
    It plays many moves ahead, but it only coaches you 1 move ahead, so it often things like "perfect move, defending your pawn! Now I move here, checkmate." Only teaches you rules of thumb, not to look ahead, and it feels like it's patronizing you and lying about how good your moves are so it can win. >>If you keep undoing all the moves in your game you can never hit the pay wall after the third game.
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