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Best Chess game on iOS?

01-07-2011, 08:44 AM
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Best Chess game on iOS?

I'm looking for a chess game that will help me study and learn to be a better player. I don't want a guide, but rather the engine itself. Multiplayer is not as important to me as an intelligent AI, and the features that matter most are those that will help me learn from my mistakes and become a better player.

Are there any comprehensive chess apps out there that provide an evolving and challenging experience to all levels of play?

Cheers,

Null.

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01-07-2011, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Nullroar View Post
I'm looking for a chess game that will help me study and learn to be a better player. I don't want a guide, but rather the engine itself. Multiplayer is not as important to me as an intelligent AI, and the features that matter most are those that will help me learn from my mistakes and become a better player.

Are there any comprehensive chess apps out there that provide an evolving and challenging experience to all levels of play?

Cheers,

Null.
Fritz, Hiarcs, Shredder and there are some free engines that are stronger then you could possible need as well. They can be dumbed down to give you a chance to win. There is no consensus as to which can dumb down more naturally. As a general matter, engines still dont do a great job simulating a beginning human.

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01-07-2011, 10:16 AM
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Fritz, Hiarcs, Shredder and there are some free engines that are stronger then you could possible need as well. They can be dumbed down to give you a chance to win. There is no consensus as to which can dumb down more naturally. As a general matter, engines still dont do a great job simulating a beginning human.
Well I'm not actually at beginner level - I used to be quite good (ego aside), I just haven't played in a decade or so. Once I get back on my feet, I'll want something that can push me.

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01-07-2011, 10:34 AM
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I have the Gameloft chess game mainly cause it looked real good to play. It is pretty challenging but I myself havn't played in so long that I get my ass kicked on level setting 6 (I think it ranges difficulty from 1-7 or so). I think it's only $.99 cents too. Not sure though (I got it when it was free a long time ago) lol.

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01-07-2011, 10:35 AM
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*waits for the thread to be taken over by people claiming gameloft is "ripping off" chess*

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01-07-2011, 10:43 AM
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I'm looking for a chess game that will help me study and learn to be a better player. I don't want a guide, but rather the engine itself. Multiplayer is not as important to me as an intelligent AI, and the features that matter most are those that will help me learn from my mistakes and become a better player.

Are there any comprehensive chess apps out there that provide an evolving and challenging experience to all levels of play?

Cheers,

Null.
The best way to improve is not by playing against the computer (which can either crush you, or provide a very bad simulation of a human at your level), but by playing against opponents stronger than you (100-200 ELO points) and then analyzing those games (with the help of a computer most likely).

I'd be interested to know if there's something like that on iOS.
01-07-2011, 10:51 AM
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I just looked at Shredder and it looks spectacular. Does anyone have experience with it? What are the limitations?

@ CrazyGambit: Pretend I'm not talking about Chess, but DDR. I want to play and get good in the privacy of my own home, with the curtains closed : D

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01-07-2011, 10:56 AM
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I just looked at Shredder and it looks spectacular. Does anyone have experience with it? What are the limitations?

@ CrazyGambit: Pretend I'm not talking about Chess, but DDR. I want to play and get good in the privacy of my own home, with the curtains closed : D
Shredder is still my iOS chess game of choice, though I still like Chess Elite for playing games online.

I hear Fritz plays a better game than Shredder, but takes longer to make moves (and Shredder can already play a better game than me. ) I've heard people complain about the UI in Shredder, but I like it's no-nonsense, straightforward UI.

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01-07-2011, 10:57 AM
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I just looked at Shredder and it looks spectacular. Does anyone have experience with it? What are the limitations?

@ CrazyGambit: Pretend I'm not talking about Chess, but DDR. I want to play and get good in the privacy of my own home, with the curtains closed : D
Haha, I see what you mean, but no matter how rusty you are, there are always people of similar skill levels to find, so you don't make a complete fool of yourself. I truly believe playing against the computer is no substitute for the thrill of besting a fellow human.
01-07-2011, 11:03 AM
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Shredder is the one I have, and its pretty good. However, they update all 3 of these apps from time to time -- they are not abandonded -- and I have no idea which is actually currently strongest, much less which has the best interface. I'd just get whichever one is on sale. Last time I did check, Hiarcs had the most convincing spiel on its web site for evidence of extreme playing strength. Hiarcs has never been world champion like Shredder was, but that doesnt mean that iphone Hiarcs isnt stronger than iphone Shredder.

Glarung (may not be spelled exactly like that, google it) may be the strongest free app. It was known as such the last time I checked. Its more than strong enough for almost anyone. All of the ones I mentioned are.

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