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
- bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
Good, but scope for improvement
This app is excellent value for money, providing access to a fine database of high-quality games. Unfortunately the search and filter functions are very rudimentary. You can search by player and by position, but so often you'd like to include some combination of date, tournament, rating, game result, etc. in your search, and these aren't available. I'd be happy to pay more for an app that allowed more sophisticated search and filtering - something just a bit more like the real Chessbase program.
One usability problem that should be easily fixed is that the control buttons beneath the board are too close together. Even on a full-size iPad it's easy to miss the Move Forward button (because you're concentrating on the board not the buttons), and find you've hit End Of Game by accident - a real nuisance. (This is a problem shared with many chess apps on the Web, which rely on pixel-accurate mouse clicks, or assume you have a keyboard to provide you with shortcuts. Interface design hasn't properly caught up with the touch-based world we're moving into.)
Good, could be improved
This app has almost everything you can want, and the database seems to be up to date and for the price of 2.99£ is considerably cheaper than the computer software.
Although, there are some things that could be added to make it better, firstly when flicking through moves in a game I occasionally miss or slip and hit one of the tabs at the bottom as the buttons are quite near, just maybe a bit more spacing or something..
Secondly when you torun the device horizontally the moves appear so you can look at the notation, but i think it would be useful if we could touch any part of the annotation and go straight to that position.
Finally, It would be great If there was a possible chess engine intergration and also maybe some other databases, such as the opening encyclopedia or maybe some media access to fritztrainers etc, of course these would be add ons and cost more money.
Overall, for the first version it seems to be fine, but i would like to see some improvements.
A good start - more needed please!
I have had no crashing issues, and agree with the comment about a greater variety of boards, chess pieces and colours being needed. Overall, though, this is a great start, which now needs quite a few additions - more on openings, greater flexibility in selecting games, the ability to replay games at variable speeds (rather than having to click every move), remembering/saving searches that have been made when you next start the app, and perhaps an option to have a smaller chess board together with more details about the game/players on screen at the same time. Oh - and a help file would be good, especially if/when more selections have to be made. But OK for now and good to have access to so many games so easily.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.