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Chess - Play and Learn

Chess - Play and Learn

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

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  • img Community
    If you live 1,000 of miles away from your grandparents it can be hard to spend quality time with them. Chess lets you play games against friends and family as a way to spend time interacting and getting to know each other better.
    img by David
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Many people know how to play chess but, 9 times out of 10, they won't have enough time for it. If you're looking for someone to practice with, you can always find willing partners online. This app also offers puzzles, online tutorials, tournaments, and plenty more.
    img by Aubrey
    11 months ago
  • img Community
    While this is predominantly used to play online, the app also has a pass and play feature for when you want to go 1-on-1 with a friend or family member.
    img by Aubrey
    8 months ago
  • img Community

    Many chess apps that are way better Sep 29, 2021

    By Isak Are Isaksen
    Play Magnus, Tactic Frenzy and Magnus trainer are all way better
  • img Expert
    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.
  • Nov 20, 2021

    By Royce Yates
    This app is very good! Chess isn't a very hard game to make in a theoretical sense, but the best part is the game report feature. It allows you to see mistakes and even gives you the best move in the situation! The only thing I would like to request, and I understand why it's only one per day, but it'd be nice for free players like me (mainly due to inability to pay) to be able to have theee or even two reports per day. It'd really help out, but it's still a perfect feature with one per day!
  • 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.
  • Nov 20, 2021

    By Kawika Tarayao
    I loved the app when it was working and basically played every day. However, something changed and now the app will not connect me to any other players, so I cannot play anyone anymore. If this gets fixed, I'd rate the app 5 stars because I love the analysis, the puzzles, and the lessons. Update: everything is working and I love the app again!
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • Nov 20, 2021

    By Royce Yates
    This app is very good! Chess isn't a very hard game to make in a theoretical sense, but the best part is the game report feature. It allows you to see mistakes and even gives you the best move in the situation! The only thing I would like to request, and I understand why it's only one per day, but it'd be nice for free players like me (mainly due to inability to pay) to be able to have theee or even two reports per day. It'd really help out, but it's still a perfect feature with one per day!
  • 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.
  • Nov 20, 2021

    By Kawika Tarayao
    I loved the app when it was working and basically played every day. However, something changed and now the app will not connect me to any other players, so I cannot play anyone anymore. If this gets fixed, I'd rate the app 5 stars because I love the analysis, the puzzles, and the lessons. Update: everything is working and I love the app again!
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • Nov 25, 2021

    By Charlie C.
    Literally havent used the app yet, but the fact that you guys seem to actually reply to comments, instead of using some cruddy bot that pastes an email that no one reads, is honestly a great first impression, That being said this also isnt a completely out of the blue 4 stars, ive used your website, loved it, so if the app is the same quality, youll get my 5 stars :)
  • 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.
  • Nov 25, 2021

    By Elijah Bandy
    This is the best Chess game in the app store. This game will teach you how to play chess real fast. Features tutorial videos to teach you with a great voice actor. You can play against AI and online. You don't get spammed by ads, if fact I haven't even got one ad yet. This is a must download if you like or want to start play chess!
  • 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.
  • img Community

    Many chess apps that are way better Sep 29, 2021

    By Isak Are Isaksen
    Play Magnus, Tactic Frenzy and Magnus trainer are all way better
  • 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.
  • Nov 22, 2021

    By Nishanth S
    Was a good app. But the person who has higher pieces seems to get more time at the end. The second clock does not seem to work at the same interval for both the players..I have seen .8 seconds being added to the person who has a piece advantage
  • Nov 27, 2021

    By anna khan
    the closer a game to the end, the more it starts to bag. you cannot move some of your figures. it doesn't allow you to move like it is usual. i am a beginner, but this is really confusing and i suppose not something related to chess rules. lessons are decent, tho!
  • Nov 25, 2021

    By Cody Beatty
    Great app. Except for the stalemates that end a match when I'm literally one move away from winning the game. I can't tell you how many times I've seen a "Draw" right as I'm about to win. Idk what activates a draw, but it always does it one to three moves from victory
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nov 16, 2021

    By Aerial Snack
    Doesn't work. I paid for a gold membership but the app is unusable. Whenever you try to do anything you just get a "Invalid login token supplied" error. Tried restarting the app, logging out and back in, and reinstalling the app. It just doesn't work.
  • Nov 29, 2021

    By Joel Armand
    I like this game but don't understand why it keeps limiting the moves I make even though they are legal. There is also no technical support or way to communicate a problem. Fix this and I will increase my rating.
  • A developer responded to my review Jun 30, 2021

    By ridiculous 123
    THIS IS A GOOD APP FOR CHESS .. ONES OFF THE BEST.... Thevr ponse to me was about scoring and explain how difficulty levels changed how many points you gain or lose. ....I guess he didn't read my review because I said I've done over 4000 of the puzzles so I can improve....I said I noticed that I have done the same puzzles several times and the scoring is screwed up.... When solve the puzzles I get 5 points.... When hurry and screw up I lose 12 or 15 points etc etc blah blah right... The developer didnt take the time to realize I'm not a moron and I did over 4000 puzzles before the review saying it's flawed making cancel my DIAMON DR membership... DONT waste your time if your responding to make an excuse or explain why I too "dumb " to understand the scoring ..:) ITS PRETTY SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND....Respond to have two way communication Soo the app will get better for everyone and people will like it more. WHEN a customer TAKEs THE TIME TO REVIEW a product, is probably BECAUSE they want to say thanks or help improve it..... If you learn about issues you can fix and improve the app.... Then WILL BE MORE LOYAL AND and Happy and YOU'RE BUSINESS will NB be STRONGER FOR IT. THANK YOU 🙂
  • img Community
    If you live 1,000 of miles away from your grandparents it can be hard to spend quality time with them. Chess lets you play games against friends and family as a way to spend time interacting and getting to know each other better.
    img by David
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Many people know how to play chess but, 9 times out of 10, they won't have enough time for it. If you're looking for someone to practice with, you can always find willing partners online. This app also offers puzzles, online tutorials, tournaments, and plenty more.
    img by Aubrey
    11 months ago
  • img Community
    While this is predominantly used to play online, the app also has a pass and play feature for when you want to go 1-on-1 with a friend or family member.
    img by Aubrey
    8 months ago
  • img Community

    Many chess apps that are way better Sep 29, 2021

    By Isak Are Isaksen
    Play Magnus, Tactic Frenzy and Magnus trainer are all way better
  • img Expert
    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.
  • Nov 20, 2021

    By Royce Yates
    This app is very good! Chess isn't a very hard game to make in a theoretical sense, but the best part is the game report feature. It allows you to see mistakes and even gives you the best move in the situation! The only thing I would like to request, and I understand why it's only one per day, but it'd be nice for free players like me (mainly due to inability to pay) to be able to have theee or even two reports per day. It'd really help out, but it's still a perfect feature with one per day!
  • Nov 20, 2021

    By Kawika Tarayao
    I loved the app when it was working and basically played every day. However, something changed and now the app will not connect me to any other players, so I cannot play anyone anymore. If this gets fixed, I'd rate the app 5 stars because I love the analysis, the puzzles, and the lessons. Update: everything is working and I love the app again!
  • 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!!!
  • Nov 25, 2021

    By Elijah Bandy
    This is the best Chess game in the app store. This game will teach you how to play chess real fast. Features tutorial videos to teach you with a great voice actor. You can play against AI and online. You don't get spammed by ads, if fact I haven't even got one ad yet. This is a must download if you like or want to start play chess!
  • 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!
  • Wonderful app for getting one into the game. Mar 2, 2019

    By orchman
    I have played around with Chess apps for years. This is the first one that actually gets me going and keeps me coming back. I have bought the diamond level and find it fascinating!!!! I am 61 years old and have never developed a “3 to 4 steps ahead” thinking style. This app is the real deal and is played by some really smart people. I believe it has all of the tools that I need to keep my mind sharp as I enter my senior citizen years!😁 An almost perfect app and I don’t give five stars unless I LOVE an app. (note to developers: there is a fatal bug in the puzzles/learning/puzzles missed section. When you get done with all of the “missed puzzles”, the app goes back to a starting position and then goes back to the home screen. I am using the latest version of the iOS. This has not been a big deal for me because I just start the app up again and it works perfectly but I thought for the sake of tidying up loose ends you might want to look at it. 😊)
  • Wonderful App For Beginners Sep 26, 2018

    By I can't think ofa nickname
    Having known not much more than the basic rules, I find this app extremely helpful in helping me understand different moves and tactics. I now win almost all of my friendly games and I also compete in some casual tournaments in my community. Most of my more advanced learning has come through this app, and it’s super handy. It gets your through the very basics quickly and brings you right in to the good stuff. That, along with some of the daily puzzles, offer a new experience every day. I do not use premium but it seems that it would be worth it. You get so many more puzzles, which is one of the best way to master your moves and analysis of the game. The videos and streams are also convenient and not too bulky and very user friendly; the chess teachers are welcoming to viewers and keep a lively environment to keep me from getting bored. I can easily spend 20-30 minutes a day or more without ever getting bored or tired of it. A fantastic app all around, free or paid.
  • Nov 25, 2021

    By RuskiyCoder
    Folks if you want to learn to play chess, this is the app for you. You don't need any of the paid subscriptions or what not. There's enough free content. Also in my humble opinion the best way to get good is just practice. Just keep playing game after game.
  • Great app, would add one thing though Apr 21, 2020

    By MightBeDeadByNowMightNot
    I’ve never really played chess and am very bad at it, but this is a good application if you are looking to learn. It has lessons (some free ones to learn how the pieces move and paid ones that I haven’t looked at as it is a little too pricey) and you are able to select how long you want the game to be. One problem I continually have is running out of time during the games. Though this is clearly my problem and not the application’s, I’ve also been in quite a few games where my opponent has also not been keeping an eye on the clock and time just expires. I suggest adding a vibration, similar to the standard vibration from moving a piece when certain time intervals are reached such as every minute. I would add this to the settings if there is worry many users would not like this change. Anyways, love the app, great job to those who created and maintain it. Take care to anyone who reads this review.
  • 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.
  • Nov 25, 2021

    By Charlie C.
    Literally havent used the app yet, but the fact that you guys seem to actually reply to comments, instead of using some cruddy bot that pastes an email that no one reads, is honestly a great first impression, That being said this also isnt a completely out of the blue 4 stars, ive used your website, loved it, so if the app is the same quality, youll get my 5 stars :)
  • 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.
  • Nov 20, 2021

    By Jacob Boyd
    Great chess app, I am a diamond member and it is well worth it if you love chess. One thing I would like like see changed though is there is a glitch in the custom puzzles section where it does not reset the checks/number of puzzles you've completed in a session. No problem with this on the website on Chrome, only in the app! Hope this gets fixed.
  • Nov 25, 2021

    By A Human
    this is amazing. though I wish I could have my game analyzed all the time and not 1 game a day with out a membership. though this is still the best chess app there is. And it has taught me a lot.
  • Good chess app Oct 11, 2021

    By CassandraPringels
    I really like this app and I enjoy how you can learn lessons from it , but I did notice one issue. It doesn’t properly format on the screen. What I mean by that is that while you can see most of the pieces, you can see the rook located on the far right side on some of the multiplayer options. The function where you play against a computer is perfectly fine. The issue is when you play against local players (the only one I’ve noticed to have issues with thus far). As mentioned previously you are not actually able to see the rook on the right side, you can see the bishop to the left of it by one square, just not the rook or the right most pawn directly in front of it by one row. In addition, you also can’t clearly see the timer to the right of it because it cuts off of the screen. Overall, I really enjoy this game aside from the few formatting issues stated above.
  • Newbie on the learning curve Apr 15, 2018

    By AustinTaos
    I love the website. The app is also very well done. I'm currently working my way thru Tactics, Lessons and such. Lots, and I mean lots of these to practice and use, the most part very fun and can be challenging if you stray too far afield. I'm very happy learning this way as opposed to books, which suffer from too many alternative lines sometimes to keep track of where you are. One suggestion would be to add a second less cryptic hint along the lines of why the example is in front of you, like "see any pins?" For Tactics training. If you're looking for an app-website combination to spend your time and bucks on, you can't go wrong here. Others have offered different suggestions for improvement of the app, but almost all are in the supportive "keep it up" mode, which mine is. I'd give it five stars, but I want the developers to read my suggestion Your move!
  • Great App! Nov 19, 2017

    By Baka Juice
    UPDATED REVIEW: Was having issues with the app before the latest update, but it’s working great now! Love the app, best way to play chess on a mobile platform bar none. Love the layout and it has all of the functions you’d look for in a chess app including the ability to look back through your previous moves and analyze entire games for move quality. My only issue is that I’m not receiving push notifications from the app anymore, so I have to manually check back for updates. Not ideal, but I’m sure this will be fixed soon. Will give 5 star as soon as this is fixed. OLD REVIEW: All I see is white, can’t log in or view my games in the app, I’m resigned to playing through the browser until this issue is fixed. I’d just got the app on my iPhone 7 and it was working great. Seems like it’s just a comparability issues. Will update my review when it’s fixed.
  • Great but... Nov 15, 2018

    By Shonkey
    Love the app. Especially the fact it has different modes. I end up mostly playing the 960 variant. My only issue is the app for some reason will randomly log me out. Then when I try to log back in through the Facebook login (where I originally started playing this) the app says “couldn’t log in. We are unable to create your account. Please contact support to resolve this issue”. It’s behaving as though I’m trying to create an account despite my hitting the “sign in” button. Then for some reason doesn’t recognize my Facebook account or that I’m logged into Facebook. I can access from my desktop with no issues. But this continues to happen at random and gets frustrating. Especially when I have timed games waiting for my move that then are forfeited because of no move being made by me. Would be a solid 5 star if not for this issue.
  • Play it all the time, some issues tho. Jul 13, 2018

    By D_Battery.
    This game is absolutely amazing, the game design and response is what I've been looking for in a chess app for a long time. I play it all the time when I’m bored and play hours at a time. However, there are some issues. First, if you switch up the game options or go into some of the modes the game will crash and do so repeatedly till you have to reinstall the app all together. Second, don’t try to do the Threefold Repetition move on the computer in-order to call a draw, for whatever reason the game does not register this as a legitimate move, I use this move all the time when facing someone stronger in chess competitions in order for them to not beat me but instead draw. For now ill just say its a draw and restart the game but Its not as satisfying. Other than those two points ill def keep this app and continue to play it almost daily.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nov 29, 2021

    By WeerAwesome YT
    It's pretty decent for a free chess game. The online feature is great; it let's you play with randoms or your friends. However, there are only 2 things wrong with this app. #1 is that to use any of the extra features more than once a day/week, you have to pay for the extra pack. Yes, all games need to make money, but that's just a pet peeve of mine. Another thing that gets me mad is if your opponent can't move their piece but isn't in check, it's a draw, which is really aggravating and annoying!
  • Nov 30, 2021

    By Mr YouDontWantToKnow
    Animations way too slow and the touch isn't so sensitive. I prefer lichess when it comes to fast moves. Here it's like the touch area might be narrower than other platforms which makes it a bit frustrating during bullet or blitzs. It might be my phone though. Overall nice app for casual chess.
  • Nov 26, 2021

    By Alicia Lici
    I use this to play against a friend. The tutorials are helpful for beginners. The app requires permission to the camera but doesn't to your photos?? Photos opens without any permission requests. The app should also require permission to photos.
  • App needs help Apr 6, 2019

    By mxdfp
    Grandmasters play each other on this app so it must be very good or they are being compensated for using it. However there is no manual informing someone how to use the app. For instance, the app gives you a rating of 1400 for a variety of different types of chess formats even though you have never played these formats since the app doesn’t describe how one would engage that facility on the app. The Lessons are helpful but have misleading explanations that do more to direct you to the wrong answer than teach you. The app’s Puzzles are challenging but there are other longer “solutions” to the puzzles that you will not be credited with. Plus, you have to solve perhaps six puzzles to make up for one misstep since you earn much less for a solution than you get docked for a failure to solve. It’s like treading water; you never get anywhere. A few solutions require that the losing side of the board make a bonehead move. Therefore I mostly use this app to play against the computer that can be adjusted to various levels of competency.
  • Need fixes and updates Oct 11, 2021

    By Fadyfeka
    Sometimes the app kicks me out telling me I can't connect but I have a really good internet connection, or sometimes when I log it times me out as well they need to fix those issues, for the updates I my self in a team can not access the team posts and matches stats us VS other teams unless if our team post something that way I get access to the team posts and I go throw some times I would like to see how our team doing in the leagues and have to wait for that post to do so, you could just add on the menu "team posts" or something that will lead us to the team forum for those 3 reasons I'm giving a single star till the update occurs and those issues fixed I will change it based on that. Edit: the app has come along with many improvements and features, it has been running very smoothly, would love them to add “the conditional moves” to the app and as well as our matches vs. “xxxx” to show the match tournament team we playing against, and access it to check the team scores.
  • Nov 20, 2021

    By kamolaras
    I like the app but recently it keeps saying "timeout" and that I have no connection. That is just impossible as my internet connection is very strong. Fix that and you get my 5 stars. You may even get my money too...time will tell.
  • 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
  • Mostly positive May 1, 2019

    By Prutz
    This app is stellar! Usually downloading a free app grants you 1-2 options and makes you pay for the rest but not this app. Half of everything is open without pay. These features are also not bad they are clearly there to teach not to encourage you to spend money. There is more content here than mostly console games offer today and that is a pleasant surprise. There are some problems like how hard the UI is to navigate, it is like a maze with so many sub menus it’s angering but that’s a small nit pick. Another issue is the Custom games, which really aren’t customizable. I have only been able to move the pawns up one rank and switch out the rooks with bishops. Everything else I do reads the same message of “invalid position” it is so frustrating to want to play something fun and unique only to be stopped because it isn’t what the game wants. This needs to be improved but with the overall quality of the game I’m okay with some small issues.
  • Nov 27, 2021

    By anna khan
    the closer a game to the end, the more it starts to bag. you cannot move some of your figures. it doesn't allow you to move like it is usual. i am a beginner, but this is really confusing and i suppose not something related to chess rules. lessons are decent, tho!
  • Nov 25, 2021

    By Cody Beatty
    Great app. Except for the stalemates that end a match when I'm literally one move away from winning the game. I can't tell you how many times I've seen a "Draw" right as I'm about to win. Idk what activates a draw, but it always does it one to three moves from victory
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Terrible Update... Mar 18, 2019

    By Maxpaws
    After at least a year working well and predictably, they redesigned the layout for no good reason. They added ridiculous sound effects that make you think you're playing a kid’s game. They changed “Tactics” to “Puzzles” to further make you think you’re playing some kid’s game. Then they broke the Tactics altogether by just stopping the game completely if you make a mistake on the last Tactic instead of letting you try and finish it correctly. I also tried to replay a tactic move and that tactic closed and started a different one without letting me try and understand my error. Terrible. This kind of “update” shows poor quality control, and a total disconnect with what users want. There are much better chess games out there. I’m dumping this one. EDIT: Okay, I didn’t dump it, and in fact use the app every week. My review was in reaction to that last redesign update, but the game itself works pretty well.
  • Missing functions Aug 29, 2019

    By Dragoishqiperise
    Great app in terms of the quality of players but that’s just it. It needs a lot of work to be able to do the same things the desktop version does. It doesn’t support certain variants and you can’t live analyze a GM game right from the app while the game is still plying nor copy paste FEN, the biggest minuses, but a lot of other ones, just poor functionality overall. No excuse the biggest chess website shouldn’t be able to built a fully functional app offering all options. Willing to change my review if they fix those problems mentioned above. Also a very annoying message that doesn’t let you add friends above a certain number. It says “you’ve already reached the maximum allowed number of pending requests”, even though the requests aren’t pending anymore as they have accepted the friend request.
  • Money killer Nov 27, 2019

    By skeieideodoeoe
    So you read the title. This is expensive! Especially diamond. I’m talking about premium. It costs $100 a YEAR. That’s Nintendo Switch online X5. $40 More than Xbox online. But online THERE is fine because you can do SO much with it, for Nintendo you can use online features for a lot of games, NES online,and SNES online. Xbox I don’t know. But here the best thing is lessons which are for people who don’t know much, fine. And no ads, when I saw that I said “what ads?”.also you can use the Mariana Trench of special check layouts something that I feel like is so unused that paying for it is useless. If you REALLY need the $ then fine, you can stay like that, but don’t be surprised if not a lot of people go premium. Sorry if I sound entitled to a teal Lamborghini but it’s bugging me
  • Rating Bug Jan 24, 2021

    By Ikaia_Chu
    The app is great overall but there’s one annoying bug/feature. I started an unrated challenge with a friend, and when I was done with that I started a few rated games with strangers. When I finished those rated games, I noticed that my rating wasn’t changing. Come to find out the “rated/unrated” toggle in the “challenges” page is actually applied to all games, even those with strangers. There was nothing to indicate that this would be the case, and I feel it’s a big design flaw to have the toggle in the challenges page if it’s going to be applied to all games, even those that aren’t challenges. I’m a bit frustrated because I won about 10 games without my rating changing and without being able to figure out why.
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    Many chess apps that are way better Sep 29, 2021

    By Isak Are Isaksen
    Play Magnus, Tactic Frenzy and Magnus trainer are all way better
  • 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.
  • Nov 22, 2021

    By Nishanth S
    Was a good app. But the person who has higher pieces seems to get more time at the end. The second clock does not seem to work at the same interval for both the players..I have seen .8 seconds being added to the person who has a piece advantage
  • 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.
  • Nov 16, 2021

    By Aerial Snack
    Doesn't work. I paid for a gold membership but the app is unusable. Whenever you try to do anything you just get a "Invalid login token supplied" error. Tried restarting the app, logging out and back in, and reinstalling the app. It just doesn't work.
  • Nov 29, 2021

    By Joel Armand
    I like this game but don't understand why it keeps limiting the moves I make even though they are legal. There is also no technical support or way to communicate a problem. Fix this and I will increase my rating.
  • A developer responded to my review Jun 30, 2021

    By ridiculous 123
    THIS IS A GOOD APP FOR CHESS .. ONES OFF THE BEST.... Thevr ponse to me was about scoring and explain how difficulty levels changed how many points you gain or lose. ....I guess he didn't read my review because I said I've done over 4000 of the puzzles so I can improve....I said I noticed that I have done the same puzzles several times and the scoring is screwed up.... When solve the puzzles I get 5 points.... When hurry and screw up I lose 12 or 15 points etc etc blah blah right... The developer didnt take the time to realize I'm not a moron and I did over 4000 puzzles before the review saying it's flawed making cancel my DIAMON DR membership... DONT waste your time if your responding to make an excuse or explain why I too "dumb " to understand the scoring ..:) ITS PRETTY SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND....Respond to have two way communication Soo the app will get better for everyone and people will like it more. WHEN a customer TAKEs THE TIME TO REVIEW a product, is probably BECAUSE they want to say thanks or help improve it..... If you learn about issues you can fix and improve the app.... Then WILL BE MORE LOYAL AND and Happy and YOU'RE BUSINESS will NB be STRONGER FOR IT. THANK YOU 🙂
  • Not the Helpful Virtual Tutor I Hoped For Sep 18, 2021

    By imustbestupud
    I have some chess playing experience on and off through life but have never spent enough time to get beyond a middle-beginners level of play. So as I’m going through the progression of computer opponents I eventually get to the one I can’t beat. Perfect. Well, several days and dozens of losses later I still can’t beat that player…I can’t even mount an attack before I’m beat. Fine that’s how you learn but this app doesn’t really help you figure out how to get better. The analysis tools don’t seem to be anything but a step mode or a list of every reasonable move some of which are still classified as “inaccuracies”. If you’re an experienced chess player or you’re looking for a wide selection of chess puzzles to solve it seems good. But when it comes to figuring out why you can’t win you are still on your own. Sadly I can’t recommend it. And the worst part is, there aren’t any better apps than this that I’ve found. This may be the app that makes me decide that chess isn’t for me and I should finally give that up.
  • 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.
  • 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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