Chess.com iPhone app a smart move for budding prodigies

Apr 28, 2010
Educational

Budding Bobby Fischers looking for a chess app to add to their iPhone libraries can mark the free Chess.com iPhone app as a good option.

Chess.com features several modes of play, including online or against the computer. While playing against the computer, you can set the difficulty level—but even the easiest level is still challenging. Play is quick and you can use the analysis button (notated by a question mark) to see what the computer is thinking or the light bulb icon to have the program make the best move for you. This can come in handy, as the computer is unrelenting on beginners.

If you’re looking to match wits with the speed chess players at the park, Chess.com allows you to set a maximum time for each move, just like you see in every movie about a child genius who visits Central Park to play the outdoor chess board regulars.

Also included in the iPhone app is a tactic trainer and video tutorials from grandmasters sorted by experience level and strategy, among others.

You can use Chess.com as a guest, but an online account is required to play online. To get full access to all of the features provided by Chess.com, including additional tutorials in the tactics trainer and videos, you’ll need to upgrade to a premium membership, which ranges from $2.49 to $12.99 a month.

Chess - Play & Learn
Chess - Play & Learn
Developer:
Price: Free+
Chess · Play & Learn
Chess · Play & Learn
Developer: Chess.com
Price: Free+
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