Chess apps for Android

Jul 4, 2011, 10:37 AM |

Hi all chess lovers.

As you may have read from my previous blogs on how to program a computer chess engine from scratch you will know I interested in computers and chess. Recently I got a smartphone and the first thing I did was to go to market and look for cool chess apps. I was kind of disappointed though. 

Yes, there are some great chess playing apps on the android market (I can recommend the Shredder app). But I found there is a lack of other really good types of chess applications. 

So I have started to program my own android chess apps! I will put them on market either for free or for small change (like 99 cents or so). The first thing I did was a simple rating calculator app for FIDE rating, which is usefull if you are playing a tournament and want to know how you are doing ratingwise between rounds (shameless ad here: search for "martin knudsen" on android market and you will find it as "Chess Rating"). There were already some apps that did something similiar, but they didn't save the results and there was even some errors in the calculations (like not using FIDEs 400 rating difference rule), so I had to make my own the way that I wanted it.

Anyway, I have a few other ideas for cool android chess apps that I am working on for the moment. But I would love to hear from other people - if you feel that something would be a cool app for chess, let me know and maybe I will make that my next project!

So let me hear what your dream android chess app would be!

Comments most welcome!