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Do you want to learn or improve at Chess?
Do you want to master the most prestigious, the classiest game ever, while having fun?

Chess PRO is EASY, is guaranteed to improve your chess, and you will not have to read any boring lesson!

How does it work? It's really simple: you just play! The coach shows you the moves a Grandmaster would pick. Not just one move, but the 4 best moves.

Sounds silly? Well think about it... How did you learn to talk when you were a child? Did you take grammar and spelling lessons? Of course not. You just went with the flow! Because that's the most effective way to learn!

Chess PRO allows you to do just that, AND IT WORKS!

In two minutes from now you are going to start learning effortlessly. You start having fun immediately, and notice after just a few games that the right moves come to your mind naturally, as if they were obvious.

If it still sounds incredible, please read the reviews. Chess PRO has one of the highest customer satisfaction of the App Store!

Chess PRO is the only chess coach of this kind, and is also one of the MOST COMPLETE chess apps for players of all levels.


FOR BEGINNERS:

The rules of chess are included and easily accessible for reference.
Just tap on a piece and the app shows you its legal moves.
If a move is not allowed, the app tells you why.
Suggestions: Chess PRO can watch over your shoulder and suggest 4 excellent moves.
Chess PRO can tell you when you can mate your opponent, so you can look for the winning move by yourself.
Chess PRO can warn you when your opponent is about to play a very dangerous move.
50 trainer levels of increasing difficulty designed to improve your chess skills are provided.
The chess engine is of very high quality, the guarantee to learn from a good professor.
Naturally Chess PRO knows and applies perfectly all the official rules of chess.


FOR EXPERTS:

Both USCF and FIDE rating scales are supported.
Chess PRO has the Chess Tiger engine built in. It is currently one of the strongest chess engines for mobile devices.
On current devices it reaches an incredible 2900 Elo (world champion).
Chess PRO (Chess Tiger engine) has been ranked twice as the strongest chess engine on the SSDF list (the worldwide recognized and independent computer's rating list).
You can save your games in collections and replay them later.
You can exchange games with your friends very easily by email (send and receive).
You can use iTunes to add games collections to the app. You will find many collections in PGN format for free on the internet!
You can set up any position.
The chess engine displays its thinking, up to 20 plies ahead.
You can analyze a game by replaying it. Chess PRO tells you when a bad move has been played by coloring it in red. The 4 best moves in every position are colored in green.
Chess PRO supports variations and allows you to test "What if..." scenarios without erasing your current game.


OTHER FEATURES INCLUDE:

15 gorgeous predefined visual themes that you can customize.
9 chess pieces sets (wood, ebony & ivory, metal, glass, ).
14 board styles (marble, blue marble, wood, metal, stone, ).
A collection of more than 6000 famous games of the greatest players of all times.
"Reload last game" allows you to retrieve the most recent game, even if you have forgotten to save it.
4 different playing styles, ranging from the quiet to suicidal, which you can apply to all the levels.
Includes an opening book of more than one million moves (can be turned off).
Many customization options (graphics, sounds, engine output).


THIS APP IS "CLEAN": it does not display any ad.
08-06-2015, 06:39 PM
#2
Joined: May 2012
Posts: 3,626
It's funny that this shown up I actually added it to my wish list a few days ago. Sounds pretty good but I'm unsure as I haven't looked for much feedback on it yet.

I use to be really good at chess but haven't played in years now so wouldn't mind playing again. My fiancée can't handle learning apparently it's too complicated.

08-08-2015, 02:36 AM
#3
Joined: May 2012
Posts: 3,626
Just picked it up with the sale and will try later on. Already has a lot if reviews on my store, which surprises me for a chess game.
08-08-2015, 01:21 PM
#4
Joined: Apr 2015
Location: Arendelle
Posts: 654
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Originally Posted by ste86uk View Post
Just picked it up with the sale and will try later on. Already has a lot if reviews on my store, which surprises me for a chess game.
You won't regret it, if you are looking to play chess against an AI, this delivers. Probably one of the best single-player chess games on the Appstore.


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Originally Posted by ste86uk View Post
My fiancée can't handle learning apparently it's too complicated.
But for learning, I wouldn't recommend this app, or any app for that matter. If you want to teach your fiancée how to play chess, you're better off with a picture chart that shows the movement of each piece and then explain the more advanced moves and rules as you go. It usually doesn't take more than an hour for the person to learn the basics, a few games to learn the rest of the rules and valid/invalid moves and then a dozen more games until they learn the standard openings and other tricks.

Then they pretty much start learning by themselves.

"Not enough time" is not an excuse. And talking about time, (this should be obvious) keep the clock away from a beginner or even an intermediate player.


Learning from an AI rarely works, as people can get bored quickly (face it, chess is can be one of the most boring games if you don't have an idea of what is going on, even if you're highly motivated to learn) and the person can quickly fall into the "instant no-brain gratification" trap with these types of learning methods that show you the next best move.

I have been playing chess my whole life and did quite good (2nd on regionals, 37th on nationals) and I've also been helping my mentor teach others, if you want to know my qualifications.
08-08-2015, 05:07 PM
#5
Joined: May 2012
Posts: 3,626
Thanks, it will be helpful to have AI to play against as things like chess with friends that I found rely on waiting days or forever for someone to take their turn which is no good.

As for teaching I wouldn't rely on it to teach her, I've tried before with a chess board but she gets bored, maybe it's just not for her but we will see. I learnt before I was even a teenager as my dad would have me play chess with him so it just didn't take any work for me to learn.

Although in this day and age I don't see many people picking up things like this, so it was nice to see all the reviews! The closest I got was enjoying Hero Academy, I treated that like chess just with a larger catalog of moves.
08-08-2015, 05:44 PM
#6
Joined: Apr 2015
Location: Arendelle
Posts: 654
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Originally Posted by ste86uk View Post
Thanks, it will be helpful to have AI to play against as things like chess with friends that I found rely on waiting days or forever for someone to take their turn which is no good.
If you have an internet connection while playing, then I can't recommend Social Chess enough. The name of the app is lame, I know. But it's not social if you don't want it to be. There's chat (which is always fun) but nothing distracts you if you don't want it to. There's also an ELO rating system, which helps with finding similarly skilled players (but you can also reach for the stars and request a match with someone much higher).

There are also many game modes and you can customize how much time each players has and by how much the clock increments per move etc. It's a really great mode if you know in advance how much time you'll have to play a match.

There's also a slow mode, where a player must make a move in 1/3/5 days, so you can have some really long and epic matches.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ste86uk View Post
I learnt before I was even a teenager as my dad would have me play chess with him so it just didn't take any work for me to learn.
Same here, except that in my case it was my grandfather. I'll always fondly remember all the fights we had over silly little rules.

-"You touch it, you move it!"

-"You can't take back moves!"

-"Castling doesn't work like that!"

-"En passant?! You just made that up!"

-"You can't have two Queens!"

We would always not speak to each other for hours after that, and then ultimately returned to the game as we realized we loved the game and had nobody else to play with.

Hahah, good times.
08-08-2015, 11:43 PM
#7
Joined: May 2012
Posts: 3,626
Thanks for the tip on social chess, I've just downloaded it but I'll wait until I get some practice in again offline first!