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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 14K+ Reviews 1M+ Downloads

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4.5
13.9K+ Ratings
  1. 5
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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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  • Nov 13, 2020

    By Nguyen Hang
    Ok so my issue was finally fixed so I'm gonna return the game rating. It's an informative app teaching you chess rules with expert guidance & mock competition. Hope that the explanation would be more detailed, i.e. Dr.Wolf tells me why this move should be done, why rival moves like that when I do this.... Overall, the trial experience was good! Thanks for teaching me lots of things about chess which other apps failed to deliver in short time. Couldn't continue the subscription bcuz busy tho :(.
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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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  • Nov 10, 2020

    By SURAJ MAHAPATRA
    It's the best application for chess learners at all levels. Only coaching is free for first 3 games. Next one have to pay Rs. 1599.99/yr for premium subscription includes unlimited game and coaching. Very good platform to chess. Very friendly and graceful chess coaching in this app. If anybody want to learn chess to be champion then this is the best app. If you want to improve your chess skill, you should go for this app. Specially the quality of coaching is awesome. 😎😎😎😎😎
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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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  • Oct 18, 2020

    By JAM JAM
    You have to pay $60 a year, every year for the rest of your life or $5.00 a month every month for the rest of your life to fully access EVERYTHING! I can't afford none of that since I live below poverty level. Greedy developers! The free lessons and free games only go so far until you are forced to pay to fully play everything! Uninstalling!!
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  • Fails at many levels Jul 17, 2020

    By hot4hypatia
    This app seemed decent at first, but it is severely flawed. As several other reviewers have pointed out, it just drops material for no apparent reason at some point, often putting a piece en prise. It also gives inaccurate advice ,e.g., it has missed moves that often lead to mate quicker than the move that Doc Wolf suggests when you press the '?'. I ignored it's bad advice and won in 15 moves in one game and it claimed I had made 4 mistakes! It had suggested Nh6 was a better move in a position where Nh6 made absolutely no sense. No way to report such issues either, I tried. You also can't save or review complete games. This makes me very suspicious as it prevents users from running their own analysis of a game. Maybe Dr Wolf's analysis is suspect? Also, how can you label this a teaching program when you can't even ask it for an explanation or an engine eval? Finally, the ratings are a joke. Just read some of the other reviews.
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  • Some of the coaching suggestions are off the mark Nov 16, 2020

    By jseven9
    After playing a game, I went through the review of my mistakes. I made a move in the opening that was pretty solid, but it was flagged as a mistake, and the engine suggested a move that would result in the loss of a knight for a pawn, with no chance to recapture.
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  • Deceptive Aug 17, 2020

    By Make America Black Again
    When I scour for apps. One thing I look at keenly is the IAP right under the download tab. This app had none, but lo and behold, play and then he tells you he is for paying students only. Uninstall, I pay for things upfront. Had you told me this initially, you’d have my money. But since it was snuck in after a couple of games, I’m good.
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  • Too Hard Jul 2, 2020

    By DavidH3731
    Claims to have the goal of teaching you to play chess but is far too hard on beginner level to allow you to do anything but lose half of your important pieces within the first 4-5 turns.
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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!
    more
  • Nov 10, 2020

    By SURAJ MAHAPATRA
    It's the best application for chess learners at all levels. Only coaching is free for first 3 games. Next one have to pay Rs. 1599.99/yr for premium subscription includes unlimited game and coaching. Very good platform to chess. Very friendly and graceful chess coaching in this app. If anybody want to learn chess to be champion then this is the best app. If you want to improve your chess skill, you should go for this app. Specially the quality of coaching is awesome. 😎😎😎😎😎
    more
  • 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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  • Nov 13, 2020

    By Nictookie Theobald
    Very fun way to learn chess. I really like how the computer steps you through what you should do. However, I've found that now that I know how to play and have moved to a few chess websites, I'm significantly better than this game allowed me to be. IDK. I've really enjoyed this game nonetheless.
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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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  • Nov 13, 2020

    By Nguyen Hang
    Ok so my issue was finally fixed so I'm gonna return the game rating. It's an informative app teaching you chess rules with expert guidance & mock competition. Hope that the explanation would be more detailed, i.e. Dr.Wolf tells me why this move should be done, why rival moves like that when I do this.... Overall, the trial experience was good! Thanks for teaching me lots of things about chess which other apps failed to deliver in short time. Couldn't continue the subscription bcuz busy tho :(.
    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.
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  • Good app with potential Jul 28, 2019

    By kitkatratings
    I am a USCF class B player. I have been playing on the advanced level for roughly 20 games. What I notice is Dr. Wolf doesn’t necessarily play at an advanced level, but rather suggests advanced skills he hopes to cover in the game. That does not mean those opportunities will arise. Furthermore Dr. Wolf will suggest to you to take back a move that is either a mistake or he sees something better. In either instance I have had Dr. Wolf make outright blunders dropping material or giving his Queen away for nothing. As far as rating goes 1500 is average USCF and Dr. Wolf has me at 1055 when I am 1630 USCF. I have won all 20 games so I don’t understand why this is. This app has a lot of potential and I love the concept. I’d like to see these issues fixed.
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  • Oct 11, 2020

    By Norazlin Juarih
    Love it however i would like to give some recommendations. It would be much better and engaging if Dr Wolf would be able to do the following: 1. Give overall strength score at the end of each game based on the strength of each moves. Just like the book "How Good is Your Chess" by GM Daniel King. 2. Provide more explanation on the opening lines used in each games, 3. Give overall assessment of the player strength for each phases of the game. Example: Good opening but weak on middle game and endgame. 4. Give badges that represents the player style after completion of certain number of games. Example "Tacticians", "Solid Defender" etc. Love this apps!
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  • Pretty Darn Good Aug 27, 2020

    By Chesster Knightly
    It’s a very well designed app. One very frustrating thing that happens a lot - in the middle of a game, I might need to lock my screen or switch to another app. When I go back to the app, I get either get frozen on the main screen, or it’s not frozen, but still on the main screen instead of continuing where I left off. This seems to happen most consistently in the “review mistakes” training. Not sure if it’s a memory issue or what, like the memory is clearing when you leave the app, but it’s a little annoying. Not enough to stop using the app, and definitely not enough to keep me from recommending it to amateur chess enthusiasts!!
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  • Oct 11, 2020

    By Feitan Porter
    This game is pretty good, minus the fact you have to pay to play it... I'm 13 and I've been playing chess for a while, this really had no new info to offe,r for me at least. The fact that to play just a game of chess, even without the coaching, you have to pay is enough for me to give it three stars. It'll be good for beginners but terrible for intermediate players.
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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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  • Gives unreliable advice Sep 10, 2020

    By Nmzouk
    I did learn some chess from Dr. Wolf. The idea of a tutor is excellent, but the execution could be improved. The biggest problem is that it gives unreliable advice, which is worse than no advice. For example, one feature allows you to review mistakes you made during the previous game. Often it will identify a mistake, then tell you that same move was the best move! If it is contradicting itself, then you have to suspect that it is giving you bad advice when it is less obvious. After initially posting a more negative review I was contacted by the developer, who said that I had identified a bug, and committing to fix it. I have revised the review to be less critical in expectation that it will be improved.
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  • Oct 25, 2020

    By Marion Boren
    This is a great chess game very challenging, but just like most other game apps I have downloaded through game store, they basically take control of your devic! Sometimes when you can't sleep in the middle of the night you want to play a game without disturbing anyone else but it's impossible because all these gaming apps hijack the controls of your phone not allowing you to turn down the volume, which disturbs others around you play store get your shirt together!
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  • Oct 10, 2020

    By Jesse K Andres
    It's pretty good but often times I feel that there just isn't much explanation behind the recommended moves. I'd wish if there was a option to ask "why?" After pushing the "?" button.
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  • Fails at many levels Jul 17, 2020

    By hot4hypatia
    This app seemed decent at first, but it is severely flawed. As several other reviewers have pointed out, it just drops material for no apparent reason at some point, often putting a piece en prise. It also gives inaccurate advice ,e.g., it has missed moves that often lead to mate quicker than the move that Doc Wolf suggests when you press the '?'. I ignored it's bad advice and won in 15 moves in one game and it claimed I had made 4 mistakes! It had suggested Nh6 was a better move in a position where Nh6 made absolutely no sense. No way to report such issues either, I tried. You also can't save or review complete games. This makes me very suspicious as it prevents users from running their own analysis of a game. Maybe Dr Wolf's analysis is suspect? Also, how can you label this a teaching program when you can't even ask it for an explanation or an engine eval? Finally, the ratings are a joke. Just read some of the other reviews.
    more
  • Some of the coaching suggestions are off the mark Nov 16, 2020

    By jseven9
    After playing a game, I went through the review of my mistakes. I made a move in the opening that was pretty solid, but it was flagged as a mistake, and the engine suggested a move that would result in the loss of a knight for a pawn, with no chance to recapture.
    more
  • Too Hard Jul 2, 2020

    By DavidH3731
    Claims to have the goal of teaching you to play chess but is far too hard on beginner level to allow you to do anything but lose half of your important pieces within the first 4-5 turns.
    more
  • Oct 18, 2020

    By JAM JAM
    You have to pay $60 a year, every year for the rest of your life or $5.00 a month every month for the rest of your life to fully access EVERYTHING! I can't afford none of that since I live below poverty level. Greedy developers! The free lessons and free games only go so far until you are forced to pay to fully play everything! Uninstalling!!
    more
  • Deceptive Aug 17, 2020

    By Make America Black Again
    When I scour for apps. One thing I look at keenly is the IAP right under the download tab. This app had none, but lo and behold, play and then he tells you he is for paying students only. Uninstall, I pay for things upfront. Had you told me this initially, you’d have my money. But since it was snuck in after a couple of games, I’m good.
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