What's the best Chess iPad App?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by marc55, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. marc55 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    I'd like to play Chess with the grandkids who do not live locally, and would like to know if any of you guys can recommend a good Chess App.

    I have the iPad 3, and they have the Mini.

    Thank you
  2. bjm2660, Feb 22, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2013

    bjm2660 macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2011
    Visually, I like Stockfish chess. So many of the chess apps are very cluttered and distracting--faux wood grain, 3D pieces, etc. However, Stockfish has no built-in online multiplayer feature. You'd have to email the positions back and forth. This can be done from within the program. It is nice and clean.

    Doesn't Zynga, the company responsible for Words With Friends, make a Chess With Friends?

    Edit: Chess With Friends is currently iPhone only--it has to be up-scaled.

    Good luck. I'm interested to see what you come up with.
  3. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
  4. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    I haven't tried that many and I'm fairly new to chess, but I'm using Chess by Mastersoft, which I quite like so far. They have a pro version as well, but this has all the customisation I want so far.
  5. irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    I have tChess Lite

    I think the pro version is just harder levels but the Lite one costs a lot cheaper.

    They basically are the same.
  6. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
  7. cardfan macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2012
  8. Fatalbert macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2013
    Yeah, but it's typical Zynga. Ads everywhere, glitchy interface, lag, battery chewing, cluttered screen, annoying notifications, you name it.

    I am also interested in a chess app like the OP.
  9. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    I use simpleboard. Great free app that let's you set up custom chess positions, as well as 2-player support. :)
  10. lexvo macrumors 65816

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    Stockfish is a free and strong chess app.

    I use Chess Pro with Coach for playing and improving my chess.
  11. Almy macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2008
    I've been hoping for a good iOS chess program with some nice graphics for a few years now. So far I haven't found anything with a good mix of all needs.
  12. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    I've been using Caissa for years. It has so good to me that I haven't yet considered looking for another one.

    Caissa is pretty plain though. If you are looking for pretty, I'd recommend Shredder.
  13. WhySoSerious macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    purchase Social Chess. it's by far the most beautiful and polished chess app there is. no other chess app can touch it.
  14. Almy macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2008
    Does it have boards other than what shows up in the App Store preview? What's there looks pretty similar to other offerings.
  15. lexvo macrumors 65816

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    I also read good things about Hiarcs. Also pricy though...
  16. Almy macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2008
    Well I came across what I've been searching for in regards to looks. I would guess anyone looking for an advanced chess engine will still prefer other apps. But iChess 3d has a beautiful board, and with some adjustments I doubt I would ever look for another app.

  17. macAPPtosh macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2013
    Shakki for iPhone/iPad is in App Store

    We've just release Shakki (finn. "Chess"), a brand new Chess App for iPhone and iPad (Eastern offer 50% off until April, 10).


    It's worth a try :)


    Ulf Bierkämper
  18. antonv macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2013
  19. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    Chess Pro - With Coach

    I was just browsing appshopper.com and noticed this app is now free. Don't know for how long and I don't know anything about the gameplay.
  20. lexvo macrumors 65816

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    Good find. This is a very good chess program with a coach function. You can also play variations which is very helpful if you are studying chess positions.

    The engine is very strong. Maybe not as strong as Hiarcs but more than strong enough for a middle class player like me :)

    Unlike some other chess programs, it works on both ipad and iphone, no need to buy seperate versions.

    BTW, I paid $0,99 two months ago when it was on sale. Normal price is $9,99 so I'm suprised it is free now (for a limited time probably).
  21. mrmarts macrumors 65816

    Feb 6, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    The best chess app I grew up with my Nokia 6600 Symbian phone was chess genius, I was thrilled to find it on the App Store. It's very minimalist and challenging.
  22. PracticalMac macrumors 68030


    Jan 22, 2009
    Houston, TX
    So much chess, so little time.

    What are the top 3 to look at?
  23. lexvo, May 19, 2013
    Last edited: May 19, 2013

    lexvo macrumors 65816

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    From what I've read on various websites:
    - Hiarcs
    - Shredder
    - Chess pro with coach
    - tChess pro
    - Stockfish: free (open source), but a very strong engine

    All these are very strong and will defeat any average player easily. Of course you can set the strength to your liking.

    Chess pro with coach and tChess pro are universal binaries for iPhone and iPad.
    You have to buy separate copies of Hiarcs and Shredder if you want to play chess on iPad and iPhone.

    tChess pro has no landscape mode

    My advice would be: get Stockfish if you just want to play chess. It is free, but very good, much better than other free and paid apps. Then if you want more specific features, purchase one (or more) of the other apps.

    If you want to play remote with others:
    - Social chess
    - Chess - play and learn
  24. djumbaka34 macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2013

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