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Chess - Play and Learn

Chess - Play and Learn

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

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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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  • Jan 13, 2021

    By John Warner
    I've played a bunch of chess apps, and this is by far the best one out there. Player vs Player: Lots of different game timers available, there seem to be a lot of active players so I never have trouble finding an opponent, whether for a bullet game or a game drawn out over several days. Player vs computer: There are a bunch of different AI players with different play styles, and various degrees of difficulty. In addition to chess matches, there are puzzles, lessons, and game analysis as well. After I play a game, the app will analyze my play, point out my bad moves, and offers a lesson on the moves I should have made instead. The lessons offered can teach you to play from scratch, and improve the skills of more advanced players. I've gotten a lot better at chess since using this 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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  • Dec 30, 2020

    By japanese terrorist
    This app is out of this world, really high level graphics just for chess, alot of cool features to help you get better at the game. Even though some features are limited and have to be paid for in order to continue using them, it resets daily, so there's no big issue. Puzzles are wonderful, well-thought out and obviously alot of hard work was put into this. This is just the best chess app, and you can tell why everyone uses it, from streamers, to personalities, etc. Just overall really good app.
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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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  • Jan 19, 2021

    By Maxime Hani
    could be much better, lichess is better and FREE. You have to pay to analyze your games here and you don't even get unlimited lessons or puzzles unless you get the most expensive plan (108€ for 1 year!!!! Outrageous for such a simple game with very little prize pools and no career opportunities. Esports leagues handle money much better). And YouTube has better lessons for free.
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  • 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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  • Jan 19, 2021

    By B Hill
    Every move I get an e mail with no way to change it in the app! Constant e mails! 1000s of e mails! Thank you for responding here but if I turn off all notifications as you suggest then I don't get notified on my phone when there are moves to make. I only want to disable email notifications. Why is it all or nothing?
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  • Jan 16, 2021

    By Anastasia Rojas
    This is a very good app but the problem I am having is that I can't play with the computers. I can play against others, do the puzzles, and take the lessons but when I try to play with the computers the computer wont move. I've tried clearing the cache and data, uninstalling and reinstalling the app, and even restarting my phone and I still cant play. I really want to learn chess but its kinda hard when I cant practice.
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  • 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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  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
  • Jan 13, 2021

    By John Warner
    I've played a bunch of chess apps, and this is by far the best one out there. Player vs Player: Lots of different game timers available, there seem to be a lot of active players so I never have trouble finding an opponent, whether for a bullet game or a game drawn out over several days. Player vs computer: There are a bunch of different AI players with different play styles, and various degrees of difficulty. In addition to chess matches, there are puzzles, lessons, and game analysis as well. After I play a game, the app will analyze my play, point out my bad moves, and offers a lesson on the moves I should have made instead. The lessons offered can teach you to play from scratch, and improve the skills of more advanced players. I've gotten a lot better at chess since using this 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
  • Dec 30, 2020

    By japanese terrorist
    This app is out of this world, really high level graphics just for chess, alot of cool features to help you get better at the game. Even though some features are limited and have to be paid for in order to continue using them, it resets daily, so there's no big issue. Puzzles are wonderful, well-thought out and obviously alot of hard work was put into this. This is just the best chess app, and you can tell why everyone uses it, from streamers, to personalities, etc. Just overall really good app.
    more
  • Jan 12, 2021

    By Felix Schulz
    Great app! Its user-friendly and well designed. The only downside is the paid subscription for added features, but honestly it isn't too bad. By having people subscribe they dont have to put in ads, so thats really nice. Also, the subscriptions dont cost too much, so thats totally fine. Great app, Im happy to say that it made me start with chess again
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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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  • Jan 8, 2021

    By Karen Brzostowski
    This is a great app. I played chess as a kid and the in app lessons have been a great refresher. My only issue - I use the app to play games with friends and the "play online" button, that sends out a game request, is so close to the game(s) I'm playing that I regularly misclick it. I can't figure out how to delete these requests. If there was a way for me to disable that "play online" button I'll come back and give this all 5 stars. It's a great app in every other way.
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  • Jan 11, 2021

    By Zach Burleson
    too expensive, but worthwhile trying if you want to get better at chess. the puzzles are great, and the analysis of games you play offer helpful insights into how to improve. I think the app could be streamlined a bit, it's not particularly intuitive especially considering how much they expect people to pay for the premium services. but my chess is improving and that says something. fun to reconnect with some friends and play chess.
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  • Jan 11, 2021

    By Jake Mandoshkin
    Lots of players, easy to use interface, educational materials are good for beginners. Not a very good elo rating system (however it does give you a percentile). This app has improved over the years but still needs work for serious players. Chess variants and problems are fun. Thank you!
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  • Bring back old lessons Jun 17, 2020

    By BenHalyo
    I’ve noticed that the old lessons have been added to the mastery lessons. I’m glad that they’ve come back in some form since I find them quite useful. However, many of them don’t make sense in the mastery lessons categories since they are very elementary. I still feel it would be good to have them in a category of their own to make it easier to discern which lessons are at mastery level and which are in the format of the old lessons. With that said, I enjoy the app and the content contained. ———— I have enjoyed using this chess app so much that I upgraded to diamond membership. In a recent update, they removed the “old lessons” from the app though they remain in the web browser. The old lessons were great bite sized exercises with good tips. It is very frustrating that my favorite feature of the app has been removed recently after I payed for an upgrade to use it. It is clumsy to try to do the old lessons on my phone’s web browser when it worked so well in the app. I can’t understand why they removed this feature. I will not be continuing my diamond membership if this does not come back. I also like the new lessons, but sometimes I don’t have 15 mins to watch the video and do the exercises or else I want to do a short lesson without volume. The old lessons serve a different purpose and there is no reason to make them unavailable.
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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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  • Jan 6, 2021

    By Brad WOODBURY
    Board freezes up quite often in a game. Your clock keeps ticking but you are helpless to make a move. I have lost a few games because I lost 5 minutes or more of my time and felt rushed. Also it is very difficult to find your stats. I always seem to find it but the app makes it quite difficult when it shouldn't be.
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  • Jan 11, 2021

    By Cherri π
    I play everyday, there are some updates I'm not too happy about. The fact that puzzles and lessons are limited is a bit saddening. I want to get pretty good but I can't always do that if I get only a few lessons a week. but hey people need money. I don't understand why you would need to put this in analysis. a person could record any match irl by writing down the moves free of charge. but we need to pay or this? im guessing it's for the bot or whatever. but that's all i have to say. I like it.
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  • 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.
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  • Dec 31, 2020

    By Cezille Santillan
    I like the puzzles and the free lessons were great; am now considering premium at least for a while to continue the lessons. The experience is almost exactly like the web version. Update: I also experience the resolution bug, where it blurs suddenly, but only when playing against a bot (or at least it hasn't happened yet with a person).
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  • 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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  • Jan 16, 2021

    By Anastasia Rojas
    This is a very good app but the problem I am having is that I can't play with the computers. I can play against others, do the puzzles, and take the lessons but when I try to play with the computers the computer wont move. I've tried clearing the cache and data, uninstalling and reinstalling the app, and even restarting my phone and I still cant play. I really want to learn chess but its kinda hard when I cant practice.
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  • Jan 19, 2021

    By Jaime Lara
    This would be the best chess app of the entire Play Store if it weren't because of the crazy overheating. It drained 684 mAh in less than an hour, almost 7 times what the screen used. My phone has a Snapdragon 750 and I can play any of the new resource intensive games with less overheating than this 2D chess app. According to the forums, this problem seems to date back to 2017. Something's wrong and it should be checked.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Jan 19, 2021

    By Maxime Hani
    could be much better, lichess is better and FREE. You have to pay to analyze your games here and you don't even get unlimited lessons or puzzles unless you get the most expensive plan (108€ for 1 year!!!! Outrageous for such a simple game with very little prize pools and no career opportunities. Esports leagues handle money much better). And YouTube has better lessons for free.
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  • Jan 19, 2021

    By B Hill
    Every move I get an e mail with no way to change it in the app! Constant e mails! 1000s of e mails! Thank you for responding here but if I turn off all notifications as you suggest then I don't get notified on my phone when there are moves to make. I only want to disable email notifications. Why is it all or nothing?
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  • 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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