Best chess app for *learning* the game

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by ukalady, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. ukalady macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2008
    I've read the "best chess app" thread, but I'm looking for something different: I'd like recommendations for the chess application that would help me *learn* the game of chess. A desktop-based game wouldn't work for me because the only place I have a computer is the office--and that's when I should be working ;)

    I know the legal "moves" of the various pieces and I've tried a few games with my husband, but I'm always so darn overwhelmed doing so that it's not a fun--or learning--experience. Hence, I seem to dislike chess.

    But, something in me tells me I could learn to like it, if only I could know enough about playing to enjoy the experience, not feel totally overwhelmed.

    Are there any iPod Touch/Phone apps that you'd recommend?
  2. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    How deeply do you want to learn. To really learn some strategy, basic hints that most of the iPhone chess apps provide won't really cut it. I'm not sure that there are any chess apps that really offer good tutorials like the desktop programs do.

    I haven't tried it yet, but "Chess Classics" looks like the best for this. It has quizzes for basic tactics, but without tutorials I'm not sure how helpful it might be. It might be enough for you, and at $2 it's probably worth trying. It also has classic games.

    Honestly, I'd recommend a good, easy-to-read, beginner's chess book. Maybe something by Bruce Pandolfini or Josh Waitzkin. You can couple this with an chess app by downloading a cheap (or free one) that allows both players to be human. Since most chess books only offer diagrams for the more important positions during a game commentary, you can then follow along on the games and positions in the book by playing them out in the app.
  3. var_adm macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2015
    Try Chess Wizard app. It provides the same features. Teaches the user while playing chess

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