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Good chess app?

05-03-2010, 08:11 PM
#1
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 1,237
Good chess app?

I'm looking for a decent chess app. I already have chess with friends which is laggy and I downloaded the offical chess.com app but it's slow to update moves.

I need a chess app that let's me play with friends online.

Suggestions?
05-03-2010, 08:13 PM
#2
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 1,359
Chess Elite is probably the best for online play.

And Fritz is the best for offline play.

05-03-2010, 08:15 PM
#3
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 1,237
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Originally Posted by tsharpfilm View Post
Chess Elite is probably the best for online play.

And Fritz is the best for offline play.
Looks decent. Can I change the board theme and pieces?
05-03-2010, 08:20 PM
#4
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 1,359
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ddyracer123 View Post
Looks decent. Can I change the board theme and pieces?
According to the description, Chess Elite has 9 different themes.


You may want to look into Chess With Friends also. It has in game chat features.

Edit: Sheesh... But the reviews for it are terrible. lol.

Last edited by tsharpfilm; 05-03-2010 at 08:25 PM.
05-04-2010, 04:46 AM
#5
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: Denmark
Posts: 971
You should try Glaurung Chess. It has a very strong chess engine - and it is free
http://itunes.apple.com/app/glaurung-chess/id305558605?mt=8

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It should be a standard feature that you can turn on/off in-game music and sound effects separately in all games
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05-04-2010, 06:31 AM
#6
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 2,988
If you want to play one move at a time, you have 2 out of the 3 apps, and I think its unreasonable to expect Chess Elite to satisfy you when the other 2 do not. Chess.com is not "laggy" you likely simply live in an area where internet isnt great with AT&T. You can try Chess Elite, it has a pleasing simplicity lacking in Chess.Com, but I doubt you will find it less laggy.

If you want to play live, you need to get yourself an account at the free internet chess server (FICS) and then get an app that lets you play on FICS. I have HandyChess. I dont really find it worth playing unless connected to wifi, as 3g is not reliable enough where I live, I have lost games that way.

Dont delete the chess.com app, someday it may let you play live, as that is available on the chess.com website.

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05-11-2010, 12:00 PM
#7
Joined: Jan 2009
Location: New Udupi, India
Posts: 844
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ddyracer123 View Post
Looks decent. Can I change the board theme and pieces?
Chess Elite has different themes and coins. The latest version comes with a 'Chat' feature too. You have a Grandmaster - Natalia Pogonina, playing Chess Elite as well

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Last edited by 99Games; 05-11-2010 at 10:28 PM.
05-11-2010, 12:13 PM
#8
As far as I know, Handy Chess is the only iPhone app that has online server play (server-only, in fact) - not correspondence chess. It uses FICS, as someone mentioned above. Just as with the java gui's, you can issue matches at any time control and rating level. The main drawback with handy chess chess is that it doesn't allow move by move playback. It also lacks the "seek graph" and match confirmation option. It's pretty barebones, but fills the live server-play niche.

Last edited by Grubjelly; 05-11-2010 at 12:16 PM.
05-11-2010, 12:21 PM
#9
After a bit of research, I found Shredder to be the best.


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05-11-2010, 01:48 PM
#10
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 10,965
For online I like Chess Elite, offline I play Shredder.

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