The 8 Best Chess Apps

The 8 Best Chess Apps

Jul 6, 2015, 12:00 AM |
92 | Fun & Trivia

The mobile platform now dominates the Internet.

Many more YouTube videos are watched on mobile devices (mostly smartphones) than on desktop and laptop computers combined. Two months ago, Google announced that the majority of its searches are now performed on mobile devices in 10 countries, including the United States and Japan.

The mobile platform is only going to grow in the future, so if you haven’t already, it’s time to take your chess game with you on your smartphone.

Here are the eight best chess apps available on the two major mobile platforms today. Selected are the best chess apps of various different types: games/puzzles, aesthetics, streaming, beginners, analysis, clocks, and live chess. Of course, Magnus Carlsen gets his own category. 

Let us know your favorite mobile chess apps in the comments section or on Facebook

8. Chess Light

Available on Android and iOS.

Chess Light is a unique puzzle-solving game using chess moves as the answers. It's got a gorgeous, minimalist UI, and is fun to play, but it won’t improve your chess ability — or will it? At the very least, playing Chess Light will help your board visualization skills. 

7. Chess Live Wallpaper

Android only.

Beautiful live chess images that respond to your touch. You can use this as the wallpaper for your phone, and make the image ripple and move to relieve your chess stress.

6. Twitch

Available on Android and iOS.

Use this app to watch all major events and broadcasts, as well as every other online game you can think of. Check out the many event highlights available on Twitch, and hit the follow button to be notified when there is a live broadcast. 

5. Chess For Kids

Available on Android and iOS.

This app is perfect for students and beginners, with its focus on fundamentals, rules, and basic lessons. Don't miss FunMasterMike's hilarious videos. 

4. Play Magnus

Available on Android and iOS.

This highly polished chess app is based on the game's best player and current world champion, Magnus Carlsen. You can play and learn from the virtual Magnus at different simulated ages. Read the full review here.

3. DroidFish (Stockfish)

Available on Android and iOS.

You could say it's like having a grandmaster in your pocket, but this is hugely underselling its playing strength. Mobile Stockfish is a must-have app for serious chess analysis on the go. For more computer chess, check out the match between Stockfish and GM Hikaru Nakamura. 

2. Chess Clock

Available on Android and iOS.

It's a fully functional chess clock with delay and increment modes, and it's completely free. This app is the most portable chess clock possible, because you’re always carrying your phone with you.  


Available on Android and iOS.

The obvious choice for number one, but it's really (by far) the best chess app for pretty much everything you'd want to do with the game. You can read the finest chess articles online, make new chess friends, watch instructive video lessons, and solve more than 50,000 tactics puzzles. The app has the most beautiful live and daily chess user interface, and starting a game is quick and easy. 

What are your favorite chess apps? Let us know in the comment section. 

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