Gone are the days when you had to purchase a chessboard to enjoy this beautiful game. Mastersoft Ltd has developed a chess app for iPhone called, simply, Chess, that is tailored to enable users to play Chess on this app with any mobile device.
Unlike other similar apps, this one has different gaming levels, superior Retina display of Chess sets, a wide array of board styles, and runs on an advanced Chess engine. It is an ideal choice for new and experienced users who want to hone and acquire new skills in preparation for a tournament.
One of the highlights of this application is that it has a built-in coach who will carefully monitor your progress to know if you are progressing or not. If not, he will propose some lessons and training levels that you can subscribe to in order to acquire the required skills and knowledge.
The developers also added a hint function that will give you tips on how to make right moves on the board.
To help you concentrate fully on the game, the interface is very intuitive and uncluttered. New users are advised to turn on the coach feature and start off by playing at the lowest level to get a clear perspective of the game before proceeding to the more complex levels.
One of the attributes that make Chess special is the open book. Here you will find over 23,000 moves that you can use to increase your chances of winning. The app also goes a step further to record your moves and scores.
This information is presented in a simple format to help you know if you are progressing. You can also use the statistics to know your strength and weaknesses. Note that the app uses the ELO rating system.
You do not have to play the game using one chessboard throughout the app. Chess has a wide variety of 2D and 3D sets that you can choose. Despite the fact that they are digital, they resemble the conventional Oak, Ash, Marble, or Slate boards.
In case you receive a call while playing, the app will automatically save it so you do not have to restart the game all over again. It is also important to take note of the realistic sound effects that the app produces as you make moves.
Cherry is a hard-working writer and an aspiring web designer who can't go a day without using her favorite apps. She's always on the lookout for new apps and enjoys discovering ones that others have overlooked.