The ideal coach companion, he plays with you and explains everything, step-by-step. Complete beginners are welcome; good for intermediate players too.
While you play chess, he teaches, pointing out strategic ideas and helping with mistakes. There are also twenty five lessons, going in-depth into each concept with ample opportunities for guided practice. Dr. Wolf himself is friendly, gentle, and occasionally witty.
As you learn new chess skills and use them in your games, Dr. Wolf will introduce new concepts to master. Whenever you use a skill in game, Dr. Wolf acknowledges it and you earn points.
The best way to learn anything is with a coach. And now, the coaching style of learning chess is finally available in an app. Give it a try!
Dr. Wolf will coach you for free for 3 games of chess so that you can appreciate his style of in-game teaching.
Then, to continue learning, you may subscribe to Coaching. With Coaching, Dr. Wolf teaches while you play chess, pointing out good moves and bad — both yours and his — and the reasoning behind them. At times, he'll gently suggest you reconsider a move, or ask a question at a critical moment. Plus, you get unlimited hints, unlimited undos, and unlimited access to our Lesson Library, with twenty five lessons in Dr. Wolf's unique style.
Whether or not you choose to subscribe, Dr. Wolf will always play chess with you. He'd never say no to a good game of chess.

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What’s New

Version 1.86

Hi, chess players! In this version:
- Fix to the onboarding sequence
- View captured pieces in lessons, not just in games against Dr. Wolf
- New banners to tell you when you've completed an achievement
- Other bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
906 Ratings

906 Ratings

Jester f chester ,


I have been wanting to learn how to properly play chess for years, and this app pretty much covers it for me. Good lessons and tips, really enjoyable. $6.50/month isn’t that bad either for the monthly cost, or $4/month for a year is reasonable as well, considering how much an actual instructor would cost. Highly recommended!!

Hanington ,

The perfect package.

I’m a 68-year old who has been frustrated for sixty or so of those years by not ever being able to get any better in this infernal game, despite purchasing dozens of books and apps. This little chestnut of a program has changed all that in a handful of days. I’m always leery of “in-app purchases,” but the deal here is that you go through enough training and practice to improve, and then you decide whether you want to subscribe. No ads for other junk. I was sufficiently surprised by my progress (mostly by being forced into being systematic, and then chided by Dr Wolf the second I wobbled) to opt to subscribe. That was just days ago. Already I’m leaps and bounds ahead of where I was even then. I LOVE the lessons, the instant feedback, the brilliant writing throughout (thank you, writing team!), and innovations such as the invitation to swap sides whenever you do something stupid, designed so you can observe how obvious your gaffe was to the opponent. Truly humbling and instructive. That alone has vastly improved (what I know know is called) my Board Vision. Bless you Dr Wolf. I’m happy, hooked and hard at it. Checkmate!

Ana123454321 ,

Dr. Wolf

It is the best way to learn chess!

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