Chess Hotel will have you playing chess with your real-life friends, or you can find new friends through your account. You may have already played chess through the ChessHotel.com site, and if so, your statistics, ranking, and friends will carry over to your device. This is great because it means you don’t have to start over again!
If you are new, you can search and invite friends through Facebook, Chess Hotel, or by finding a random opponent in the memberships. I have always enjoyed the game, and am always on the lookout for a Chess app that I can play easily but also with friends. Many I’ve tried have been awkward to move the pieces; some are so tiny that it’s really difficult to touch the right space, but this app moves a lot more smoothly.
Chess Hotel has a lot of great features. You can play live games where you’re waiting for the opponent to make a move, or correspondence where the move is not as instant. You can also challenge your Facebook friends which opens up a whole group of people without inviting them to the app by email. Each game you play will increase or decrease your rating and statistics immediately, so you will always know where you stand.
Some extra features of the chess app are the chat function. So if you’re playing with someone you don’t know, you can send a message to get to know them, or ask them what made them think of that move. I already mentioned that you can add, challenge, and play Chess Hotel friends, and that there’s a fast matching function to set you against an opponent of similar ability.
Syncs your ChessHotel.com account so your ranking and statistics are all there
Random opponent selector based on your ability
Chess Hotel is an iPhone and iPad game that will allow you to play chess with your friends in a great interface. You can access your Facebook friends to invite them to play with you, contact your ChessHotel.com friends list, and even get matched up randomly with opponents of a similar ability. The app works well, is easy to use, and I love that I can play a game of Chess with my husband or son while we’re out and about. I have always enjoyed playing, and was even in the Chess Club for a while. This app does the trick for me, and I’ll be suggesting it to my chess loving friends.