The whole history of chess in an app: 5 million chess games from 1624 till 2014! And every week new games from world class tournaments are added to it.
You can look through on your iPad ( or iPhone or iPod touch) all the great tournaments, like Zürich 1953 or the Fischer-Spassky match 1972, the chess detective story Karpov versus Korchnoi 1978 or Nakamura's amazing victory in Wijk aan Zee 2011. Or you can load the games of Magnus Carlsen and see what makes the young Norwegian so irresistible. And you can also study the latest opening variations and access statistcs for all opening positions. Whether you are a chess professional or an amateur: the ChessBase Online database will become indispensable from the first time you use it.

• 6 million games of chess: carefully edited and maintained by the ChessBase team of grandmasters
• weekly games update: up-to-date material from all important tournaments
• searchable by opening position, player, tournament, year
• super-rapid system response times
• for every opening position, all the moves and the statistics
• professional board graphics in 5 designs, with coordinates
• easy move entry
• games presented with complete notation
• access to player info, including pictures
• Engine (iPhone and iPod Touch: landscape only)
• Import PGN files through iTunes file sharing

What’s New

Version 2.35

- bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

2.3 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings


Needs improvement — no updates!

This app provides a database of chess games that are not annotated. The search filter is very basic. There is a chess engine that comes with the app for analyzing the games but it is very slow on my iPad and causes the app to crash often causing you to start over. The engine often doesn’t work. The back arrow essentially takes you back to to the starting point. The app wants you to save everything in the cloud and it is difficult to transfer your selected games to your hard drive via email. The playchess server is slow causing you to waste precious seconds on blitz games and lose on time. Forget about playing the videos via the app. I essentially use the app to look up games in the database but it’s better to do everything on your computer. Don’t know if this is a problem just with the app for iPad or also on other systems.

airplane42 ,

Very primitive and non-intuitive

I do use it frequently. I figured out how to loan games using iTunes and how to enter and save games. It's not easy to understand though and Chessbase usually produces a better product. My biggest concern is no updates for 6 months - so it is hard to hope.

timjm50 ,

Poor quality app, not up to Chessbase standards

This app has numerous bugs and design flaws. For example, you can replay games in a pgn file, and you can enter your own variations for analysis, but there is a bug that doesn't allow entry of variations after the last move of a game. Another bug prevents you from moving pieces located on the a-file--the app exits the game and does not save any analysis you may have entered. One design flaw: when replaying a game, it doesn't allow access to all of the game header information--just players names. It is an amateurish app, and I have requested to Chessbase that they update and correct it, to no avail. It appears they have abandoned support for this app.


ChessBase Schachprogramme- Schachdatenbank Verlags GmbH
73.8 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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