Chess on the iPad

A quick search of the App Store for the Apple iPad shows that more than two dozen applications are now available. Certainly many of these are or will become available for the Droid Xoom, Galaxy Tab, and similar devices. With so many choices, how does one select the best value?

I have installed close to a dozen chess programs since I purchased my iPad in late August. Three of these continue to draw my attention nearly every day, one is brand new to me today and remains untested, and one received its first use on Thursday. Shedder is exceptional, tChess Pro has features lacking in all the others, and continues their leadership in internet chess. DinosaurChess looks promising for young players looking to get started in our game (I may blog a review in the not so distant future). That an app allows my iPad to become a chess clock might prove useful, especially if there were more coffee houses with tables large enough to support a chess set, the iPad, and a couple of cups of java.'s iPad app facilitates playing correspondence style games on their site, or "online chess as it called there." It does not rotate as do most other apps, and the menu seems limited. However, it did not take long for me to discover that the Stats link provides access to all other site features. Moreover, and possibly to my detriment, the lack of flash support in iPad's programming no longer hinders playing live chess through the app. I do not recommend one minute play as the screen is far less responsive than a mouse, but imagine the possibilities if you share my addictions. The app offers ready access to play against their online computer, their tactics trainer (far superior to the popular Chess Tactics Server in my experience), and video lessons. As a commercial site, has limited features for non-paying members, but the iPad app is free. The site offers enough possibilities for free to keep the interest of most aficionados, knowing that in time serious players will crave the benefits of paid membership.

Read the entire article at my Chess Skills blog.


  • 4 months ago


    I went to and never thought about an app. I am pleased as it has things I can't find on my cpu. i.e. how to resign. etc.  But has a great grapp in game, giving a sense of how good it is.  I hope to learn more.  Just as Siri to open and play without an app.  Good?

  • 3 years ago


    Do you have your iPad yet, Genius? The new iPad 5s are supposed to be grand.

  • 4 years ago


    I continue to lose games due to lost connection/refusal to reconnect, or reconnection but refusal to reload current game. It will load online games but not live chess. If you are quick when you lose connection you can open the web page in a browser and save the game via live chess. But then you close it and try the app with no success. So why would the web page chess work but not the app? And why would online chess work in the app but not live chess? Someone help I'm tired of losing games due to this bug

  • 5 years ago


  • 5 years ago


    i got the app and everything is working good except i cant connect to the live chess i have wi fi bars full and i have internet access but whenever i tap on the live chess option it keep saying connecting then it says failed ....please help.

  • 5 years ago


  • 5 years ago


    I am loving the app on my droid. I actually prefer playing it on my device (htc Evo) rather than the computer. Now if only they would incorporate blitz I would be so happy.
  • 5 years ago


    I played a game against the Kindle in the aisles of BestBuy before we went over to look at the iPads. I was not impressed with its quality of play.
  • 6 years ago


    Now all I need is an ipad lol.

    I did get a nice kindle a week ago and its nice. I wish I could play chess through it ... but all the pieces dont load on it.

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