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Chess - Play and Learn

Chess - Play and Learn

Chess.com

Play chess online free with friends! Learn with lessons, puzzles, & analysis!

4.6 Ratings 816K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads

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4.6
816.4K+ Ratings
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  • Checkmate! Apr 5, 2018

    By Shocktop32
    I’ve been using this Chess app for about three or four years. It has a lot of additional features like tactics puzzles, videos, and preset predicaments to challenge you and help you set up future moves to create the best situation for your pieces. There is also a play-by-play review of your games which critiques your moves and tells you what you could’ve done better. A couple things that need improvement though. Often the app will fail to notify me when it’s my turn after my opponent has moved, requiring me to open the app and navigate to my active games to manually check if it is my turn. The other issue is that sometimes I will try to start a new game with a friend with the “Play A Friend” option and the app opens the “active connection countdown” when I’m not trying to play a live game. I’m sure there is a way to create a new game with a friend without creating an active challenge, but I am not sure how. If this feature exists, it just needs to be integrated in an easy to find menu. (This review is based on my use from a Samsung Galaxy S5). EDIT: I have an iPhone X now and I am able to successfully use the “Play A Friend” option to create a daily game without the app opening the “Active Connection Countdown” so the issue I stated previously may already be resolved.
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  • Apr 15, 2021

    By Shamedian
    This is a really excellent chess app & it's free! Yes if you want more features you have to pay. For free though, I get to: play my friend in another country. Learn how to play by using their excellent lessons, have a lot of choice of themes for the chess board, have analysis of my games & more! Fully recommend this chess app!
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  • BEST CHESS EVER!!!! May 23, 2018

    By Knightsrgr8
    I had started playing chess around three years ago, but stopped playing after a while because me sister wouldn’t have time for it anymore. I also didn’t know all the weird stuff or the stuff that is secluded, like castling, stalemate and the difference between check and checkmate. And so I gave up on chess. But three years later, in 7th grade we had a chess tournament in our contest math class. I was very unpleased and upset to have found out that I lost in the second round! I watched the finals match, and watched one of my good friends get bashed and checkmated in around five to six maybe seven minutes. At that moment, I wanted to be like that guy who defeated my friend so badly. So I started forcing my sister to play chess with me. But however at one point she got tired of it. So then I had to find a good chess app or website to play on. After lots of asking people what the best chess apps are, I finally got this one!!! And I must say I love it! There is however, a minor issue. I found out there is now multiplayer! The other player must have an account and you have to invite them. Anyway, other than that, it’s all cool!!!
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  • Social upgrade & Design simplification (NEEDED) Dec 9, 2017

    By Good boogaloo woolly
    I want to offer simple design improvements that would engage users to a whole other level. This is so far a chess app / website that allows you to just play chess but severely lacks an actual chess community to the degree in which I see its potential. We want to find professional players / engage and keep up with chess news. People don’t want to read articles that’s boring. When I go to a professional chess players page all I see is comment spam from random people and no actual comments or video updates from the chess player them self. It needs to have Facebook comment design prioritizing the users comments at the top and then the most like comments after. They should also be able to add photos that could be commented on and liked. Secondly there are SO MANY sections that are not grouped up accordingly. People love simplicity. There should be a (Play) (Learn) (Watch) (News). Instead, all the categories that should be located inside each drop box are scattered outside these categories and are extremely ugly and overwhelming. Besides that to somehow promote twitch engagement would be huge and lastly, getting borders for your advertisements would help you look like s more high quality website. I just love chess so much and this app. I want this app to be successful and the chess community to grow.
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  • Apr 14, 2021

    By Courtney Belphine
    Goodday , I'm just experiencing this hug in which when I win or lose a game it change my rating but not outside the game ,also I can't play with any of my friends cause it remove that feature for some reason,I can analize my games and if a play a new game it doesn't go in my history . I'm pegging for you guys to fix these issues please and thank you and that would be all
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  • Apr 15, 2021

    By Tom Kortkamp
    Loses Connection all the time. Every other app works fine. My network is stable, but I constantly get auto resigned because of connection issues that are not on my end.
  • Apr 12, 2021

    By dev king
    The app is great. However, sometimes it just stops working in the middle of an online game. It automatically gets resigned even when there is no disturbance in internet! It never auto reconnects!
  • Doesn’t teach just tells Mar 7, 2021

    By Mreeves336
    The daily puzzles and game reports desperately need a back button. I spend so much time staring at puzzles trying to remember what piece was captured and there’s no value at all in showing the previous move in literally half a second and expecting us to be able to see what piece was captured. I don’t even have enough time to focus my eyes before you make the move for the puzzles and same thing with the game recap. It needs a back button so I can look at what move was actually made. And you need to fix the alignment on the notations because I have to scroll to the right to see the check and check mate symbols. Simple fixes but it’s why I canceled my membership. Telling me what the best move is in the game report is fine but if you don’t tell me WHY it does NOTHING to actually make me better!!! I switched to Magnus trainer and dr wolf for better explanations. This app taught me how pieces move and how to castle but that’s it. I literally could not checkmate someone until I downloaded Magnus trainer lol. You also can’t replay the key moments and they move way too fast so when you show me I made the best response to a mistake for example I can never see what my opponent did first because it moves too fast and I can’t go back to previous key moments.
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  • Apr 15, 2021

    By mohdfauzy
    Always disconnecting while playing... My internet speed excellent.. why?.. i lose the game because of disconnecting games... Damn!...please fix your bug in this game...
  • Overall ok Apr 17, 2020

    By Tintin 2011
    For the most part, this is OK. I do enjoy the daily puzzles, however sometimes they are just flat out wrong. I would say about one out of every 10 puzzle (recently more) is the wrong solution, and it is frustrating to lose points when you know that the recommended move is so obviously not the right move. Additionally, the hint button is absolutely useless. If I just accidentally touch it even though I didn’t mean to, I immediately lose all the points. What is the point of having a hint option if I can just as well make the wrong move and lose just as many points? Since using the hint provides partial solution, doesn’t it make sense that only partial points are lost? I would also recommend to the developers to add a confirmation prompt to the hint button to avoid these accidental frustrations. I had considered signing up for the paid version of the app, but these glitches have stopped me from doing so. These are all minor fixes to make a very good and capable app even better. I really hope the developers take this feedback seriously and consider improving their app.
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  1. Opening Explorer helps you easily master the most important part of any chess game – the opening
  2. Tons of lessons, puzzles, videos & tactics mixed with entertaining descriptions make this a perfect way to become a great player
  3. Want to see how the pros do it? Enjoy watching live online Grandmaster games

Reviewed by Laura S on February 6, 2018

  • Checkmate! Apr 5, 2018

    By Shocktop32
    I’ve been using this Chess app for about three or four years. It has a lot of additional features like tactics puzzles, videos, and preset predicaments to challenge you and help you set up future moves to create the best situation for your pieces. There is also a play-by-play review of your games which critiques your moves and tells you what you could’ve done better. A couple things that need improvement though. Often the app will fail to notify me when it’s my turn after my opponent has moved, requiring me to open the app and navigate to my active games to manually check if it is my turn. The other issue is that sometimes I will try to start a new game with a friend with the “Play A Friend” option and the app opens the “active connection countdown” when I’m not trying to play a live game. I’m sure there is a way to create a new game with a friend without creating an active challenge, but I am not sure how. If this feature exists, it just needs to be integrated in an easy to find menu. (This review is based on my use from a Samsung Galaxy S5). EDIT: I have an iPhone X now and I am able to successfully use the “Play A Friend” option to create a daily game without the app opening the “Active Connection Countdown” so the issue I stated previously may already be resolved.
    more
  • Apr 15, 2021

    By Shamedian
    This is a really excellent chess app & it's free! Yes if you want more features you have to pay. For free though, I get to: play my friend in another country. Learn how to play by using their excellent lessons, have a lot of choice of themes for the chess board, have analysis of my games & more! Fully recommend this chess app!
    more
  • BEST CHESS EVER!!!! May 23, 2018

    By Knightsrgr8
    I had started playing chess around three years ago, but stopped playing after a while because me sister wouldn’t have time for it anymore. I also didn’t know all the weird stuff or the stuff that is secluded, like castling, stalemate and the difference between check and checkmate. And so I gave up on chess. But three years later, in 7th grade we had a chess tournament in our contest math class. I was very unpleased and upset to have found out that I lost in the second round! I watched the finals match, and watched one of my good friends get bashed and checkmated in around five to six maybe seven minutes. At that moment, I wanted to be like that guy who defeated my friend so badly. So I started forcing my sister to play chess with me. But however at one point she got tired of it. So then I had to find a good chess app or website to play on. After lots of asking people what the best chess apps are, I finally got this one!!! And I must say I love it! There is however, a minor issue. I found out there is now multiplayer! The other player must have an account and you have to invite them. Anyway, other than that, it’s all cool!!!
    more
  • Apr 15, 2021

    By tristan tj-trissy97@hotmail.com
    Very good chess app. I like the ability to customise your theme to tailor it to how you like it. The only irritating thing about custom themes is that you can't select the default sound.
  • Perfect?! Aug 6, 2018

    By D000M
    This chess app is amazing and feels like it has everything you can possibly need. The chess AI can play at an extremely high level when you want it to and Ive learned many things from the AI! Also the live matchmaking system has a wide variety of options you can choose from, my favorite being the 10 minute matches because they are quick and fun, and it matches you up with other players in mere seconds. I would recommend this app to any chess player, whether it be just starting out or a great player because the matchmaking will set you up against opponents of equal skill level and the AI can be set to any rating as well. For beginners there are videos and a bunch of resources available to help you to become a great chess player as well! One last thing I want to point out is that the developers are phenomenal, they are quick to address any problems you may have and really care about the app and want it to be the best it can be. If you have problems or concerns I would highly suggest trying to reach out to them!
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  • Social upgrade & Design simplification (NEEDED) Dec 9, 2017

    By Good boogaloo woolly
    I want to offer simple design improvements that would engage users to a whole other level. This is so far a chess app / website that allows you to just play chess but severely lacks an actual chess community to the degree in which I see its potential. We want to find professional players / engage and keep up with chess news. People don’t want to read articles that’s boring. When I go to a professional chess players page all I see is comment spam from random people and no actual comments or video updates from the chess player them self. It needs to have Facebook comment design prioritizing the users comments at the top and then the most like comments after. They should also be able to add photos that could be commented on and liked. Secondly there are SO MANY sections that are not grouped up accordingly. People love simplicity. There should be a (Play) (Learn) (Watch) (News). Instead, all the categories that should be located inside each drop box are scattered outside these categories and are extremely ugly and overwhelming. Besides that to somehow promote twitch engagement would be huge and lastly, getting borders for your advertisements would help you look like s more high quality website. I just love chess so much and this app. I want this app to be successful and the chess community to grow.
    more
  • Apr 14, 2021

    By Courtney Belphine
    Goodday , I'm just experiencing this hug in which when I win or lose a game it change my rating but not outside the game ,also I can't play with any of my friends cause it remove that feature for some reason,I can analize my games and if a play a new game it doesn't go in my history . I'm pegging for you guys to fix these issues please and thank you and that would be all
    more
  • Apr 15, 2021

    By Keshav Kumar
    Excellent app..except one thing - you need strong internet connection. I'm using lichess as well and that app also work fine with low internet connection. If you could fix this then that would be awesome
  • Good but a few problems Feb 6, 2021

    By AShevy123
    I enjoyed this for the first couple of hours I had it installed. I made an account so I could access some of the features that you aren’t given off the bat. After spending a couple of hours playing against the computers, I got to one I had trouble beating. I decided I should look at some of the lessons that were recommended to me. After finishing the first lessons, I was about to start the next but was stopped because I had to pay to do more than one per day. I understand that the app is free and normal chess lessons aren’t, but I wish you could have more lessons per day. I ran into the trouble of taking one lesson and then trying against the computer, only to fail again. So I would then wait a day to start the next lesson, only to realize I didn’t remember anything I was taught from the previous lesson, and I wasn’t improving. My suggestion is that the one per day increases to three per day. This would allow people to take multiple lessons in succession, and they could then practice what they learned from the lessons against a computer. Beside the one per day limit, I had fun and might install it again eventually.
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  • Apr 11, 2021

    By Irfanur Rahman
    please get a bigger time stamp and please add sound warning when you start to get really low on time.when you are deeply thinking,in many cases you just forget about your time and the time stamp is so small that you Don't even notice it properly,i hope you will be taking this onto consideration
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  • Lots of features but not able to give feedback Dec 31, 2020

    By Brysons Humble Opinion
    Hi there, been playing on the app for about a month and started to really like it so looked at the memberships and there’s 3 levels ... $30, $50, and $80 (I believe) for a year, provided you pay upfront and not month by month. I was like ok I get it... there’s lots of features so you have to pay for more of them. Well that’s all good, I get that. My main issue is with the puzzles that sometimes the “opponent” player doesn’t make the best move so you can’t actually solve the puzzle correctly unless you guess they will do the wrong thing. Solved a puzzle today and I would’ve gotten it right however the opponent made the worse move of their two moves and thereby I made the wrong move because I predicted the opponent would obviously make the best move. Please creators/admins fix this issue. It’s really not the way the puzzles should function. If you fix this I will gladly change my rating to 5 stars since that’s my main issues. Also I couldn’t find anywhere in the app to report this. But secondly to advertise their “videos” to watch to learn and improve in a notification or have it ever present on the main menu is really annoying when you can’t even watch the whole video because you don’t have the most expensive membership. I don’t like that. Just an annoying paywall situation where I already paid for the app.
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  • Mostly good but one annoying glitch Feb 17, 2021

    By Jeffreyfalcone
    The abandonment feature frequently forfeits games just because you access another app on your phone. This just happened to me with less than 20 seconds away from the game. It’s really frustrating when you are winning a game and you pause a movie only to come back and find the game forfeited. Fix this glitch and it would be a 5 star review. Really abandonment is a bad feature in a timed game. The rules of the game allow a player the entire time on the clock. Sure, it’s a jerk move to walk away from a game and make your opponent wait it out, but ratings shouldn’t change because of lost connections. Edit: the abandonment feature has a bug. It frequently forfeits games instantly just because I check a text or email. I’m almost always playing long time format games. I almost exclusively play 15/10. I see several other reviews with the same complaint. Fix the bug. Make the rules clearly defined. At the very least there should be a set amount of time that triggers the abandonment feature and it should be easy to look up what this time is. Currently checking a text will instantly trigger abandonment. That definitely is not the way the app should work.
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  • Apr 10, 2021

    By Sir Brinyolf
    It is a great app, however since the most recent update I cannot login. I've changed passwords and have emailed support. Will change to 5 star if it gets resolved soon.
  • it’s okay to invest some time into it for the money asked for Jan 14, 2021

    By NAolER
    the app hasn’t had any advanced fewtures for a long time. compared to the web version this Is very poor. would really appreciate showing the best moves on the board in analysis with arrows similar to the one on the web. I don’t think this feature is hard to add, it doesn’t need more that 2 days of work. plus I don’t understand the feature in the analysis where if I play different moves, the alternate games are inserted inside the same log. its impossible to read or to find where I am or was. SPECIALLY when I press on the wrong tiny font by mistake. and why would you even have the ‘pressable’ log and the forward and back buttons so close to eachother. there is always a missclick and the experience becomes very bad. being the most known chess app i’m sure you can put some effort and do something better honestly. retry button next to ‘next’ button in puzzles, very smart, and noway to go back. the puzzles goes to jupiter and i’ll never get to analyze it
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  • Apr 13, 2021

    By matthew patrick
    you should change it so playing anyone, computer included, so that when you move a piece, you have to click the checkmark, like you do when you're playing a live opponent. This is akin to not removing your hand from a piece otb. Sometimes you don't see a mistake until you've moved a piece but haven't removed your hand. As is, if you notice a mistake, it's too late.
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  • Apr 15, 2021

    By Tom Kortkamp
    Loses Connection all the time. Every other app works fine. My network is stable, but I constantly get auto resigned because of connection issues that are not on my end.
  • Apr 12, 2021

    By dev king
    The app is great. However, sometimes it just stops working in the middle of an online game. It automatically gets resigned even when there is no disturbance in internet! It never auto reconnects!
  • Apr 15, 2021

    By mohdfauzy
    Always disconnecting while playing... My internet speed excellent.. why?.. i lose the game because of disconnecting games... Damn!...please fix your bug in this game...
  • Overall ok Apr 17, 2020

    By Tintin 2011
    For the most part, this is OK. I do enjoy the daily puzzles, however sometimes they are just flat out wrong. I would say about one out of every 10 puzzle (recently more) is the wrong solution, and it is frustrating to lose points when you know that the recommended move is so obviously not the right move. Additionally, the hint button is absolutely useless. If I just accidentally touch it even though I didn’t mean to, I immediately lose all the points. What is the point of having a hint option if I can just as well make the wrong move and lose just as many points? Since using the hint provides partial solution, doesn’t it make sense that only partial points are lost? I would also recommend to the developers to add a confirmation prompt to the hint button to avoid these accidental frustrations. I had considered signing up for the paid version of the app, but these glitches have stopped me from doing so. These are all minor fixes to make a very good and capable app even better. I really hope the developers take this feedback seriously and consider improving their app.
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  • A good site but with massive cheating Apr 9, 2021

    By mwazoo
    It is clear that overall this quite a fine site. But there is massive cheating that never seems to get reigned in. There are probably thousands or tens of thousands of instances where user IDs are shared. Or other forms of cheating occurs at all levels of play. I have personally repeatedly seen over years at least dozens if not hundreds of instances where the game play is far superior to the quoted rating. I can understand an occasional instance where there are reasonable reasons where that may be the case. But it happens so frequently that it is impossible to not recognize massive fraud going on. Losing a fair game is fine. But losing games to folks whose real skill level is hundreds of points higher than their purported rating is not. It is long overdue that this site be condemned for allowing this to go on so pervasively. This situation gets worse and worse and worse suggesting very little enforcement and an app likely way understaffed.
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  • Doesn’t teach just tells Mar 7, 2021

    By Mreeves336
    The daily puzzles and game reports desperately need a back button. I spend so much time staring at puzzles trying to remember what piece was captured and there’s no value at all in showing the previous move in literally half a second and expecting us to be able to see what piece was captured. I don’t even have enough time to focus my eyes before you make the move for the puzzles and same thing with the game recap. It needs a back button so I can look at what move was actually made. And you need to fix the alignment on the notations because I have to scroll to the right to see the check and check mate symbols. Simple fixes but it’s why I canceled my membership. Telling me what the best move is in the game report is fine but if you don’t tell me WHY it does NOTHING to actually make me better!!! I switched to Magnus trainer and dr wolf for better explanations. This app taught me how pieces move and how to castle but that’s it. I literally could not checkmate someone until I downloaded Magnus trainer lol. You also can’t replay the key moments and they move way too fast so when you show me I made the best response to a mistake for example I can never see what my opponent did first because it moves too fast and I can’t go back to previous key moments.
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  • Apr 14, 2021

    By Mr. Aj
    The time on blitz game is error, if your opponent play fast their time is not ticking.
  • Join-to-Play Ware / Bug Ridden with No Report Options Feb 13, 2020

    By AverageUser89
    This is basically a “join our site/email spam generator” app that has almost everything hidden behind a join/pay wall. What a joke. Why would exercises, puzzles, game modes, etc. _need_ me to join some random site and get spammed with emails from, in order to function? Hint: it does not. This is basically a mailing subscription grabber that is likely to sell your email and/or spam you. The UI also very frustrating as well seeing how this is not a native app and looks like a web wrapper for their site. The app has loads of bugs and many still exist in the app with no way to report them to the developers and they have such a convoluted UI that doesn’t offer any help for looking where to even report the bugs. The best bug I came across was it just allowing pawns to move diagonally without capturing a piece (a basic rule and requirement that should never have been a bug in the first place). This is such a low quality, cheap e-mail grabber app that put no effort into actually designing a high quality, bug free chess app but rather a dirty “register to use” model for a website-as-an-app loaded with bugs. Horrible.
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  • Random disconnections, flawed abandonments Aug 19, 2020

    By LuviPhone7
    There are so many obvious flaws that the developer is not fixing knowingly. Firstly, if the other player is not making a move for more than a minute and you go to check your message for few seconds, you lose the game immediately by abandonment! And if there are 5 or more minutes remaining in the game and the other player knows that he will be checkmated in a few moves, he doesn’t make a move at all and you keep waiting forever holding your phone and keeping the app open. The other player hopes that you start checking your emails and then you will be declared loser by abandonment! Why can’t they simply fix this flaw? Can’t their engine detect the other player has already lost the game and is not making a move taking advantage of the known flaws in the app? And oh other than that there are random disconnections in the app and even though you are winning the game, you lose it in a matter of few seconds of disconnection.
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  • Needs a lot of work Aug 7, 2018

    By BPZero
    Every time I reported issues, the support team got back to me and tried helping in any way they could. However, the issues with the app itself are many. If you try looking for live games, the waiting time is too long, and sometimes the app will log you into a game that you won’t even see through your phone, regardless of how long you wait for the game screen (board) to come up. Moreover, the app might crash if you keep waiting. Upon leaving and coming back to the app, you’ll see the lost games due to “abandonment” when the game screen (board) wasn’t even visible. Another problem the app has is that it will crash upon analysis. If you look at a previous game with an engine, there is a high chance the app will crash. Even while doing tactics, trying to pull the analysis board will result in a crash. Please fix these issues, please make the app the way it was 2-4 updates ago, when everything was working fine.
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