Add some competition to your conversations with Checkmate! Play chess against family and friends in Messages!

Simply start a conversation with someone, select the Checkmate! app and tap “New Match” to begin. You can play multiple matches with other people at the same time - even across all your devices!

What are you waiting for? It's time to choose your opponent, make your move and play Checkmate!

PLEASE READ: To enable and play Checkmate please follow instructions at iOS 10 must fully be installed before sending or receiving a move. Enabling and disabling (installing/uninstalling) the game is done via the App Store for iMessage. If you have any questions please send us an email at and we'll do our best to help. Thanks!

What’s New

Version 1.4

iOS 11, iPhone X support and a new Classic theme! And... now see the latest move within each message bubble! Also a few bug fixes and improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Editors’ Notes

We use iMessage for everything from keeping up with family news to sending stickers to our significant others. Sometimes, though, we just want to duke it out with knights and kings on the chessboard. What makes Checkmate so great—aside from its super-intuitive interface—is the way we can chat with (and smack-talk) as we play... or take as much time as we need to contemplate our next move.

theavenger101099 ,

Almost there

This app is seriously good and would recommend it to anyone. Way better than any of the iMessage chess clients out there.

Just give us the option to choose which piece to promote a pawn to and it will be absolutely perfect!!!

Oh and also add chess clock capabilities within the game :)

Banemangvxycdfhhgg ,

To access the game for people who dont know

Go to iMessage. Then click on a contact and select the text bar and click the button on then there should be an icon resembling an app store select it. On this there is your iMessage apps. Select the add button and add checkmate then start playing by click the application and clicking start game

App Privacy

The developer, BorderLeap, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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