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 NOTE: To enable and play Checkmate please follow instructions at iOS 11 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

This app has been updated by Apple to use the latest Apple signing certificate.

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

3.7 out of 5
212 Ratings

212 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.

georgemachappy ,

Well-done correspondence chess app!

The app does a great job of doing exactly what it needs to and nothing more. Lots of apps try to be too fancy, have too many burdensome features that clutter the UI, or find some other way to stray from the main goal. This allows you to play a nice game of correspondence-style chess with a move history and a clean representation of the current board. Well worth it.

The only reason I'm not rating 5 stars is because in my experience it doesn't handle multiple devices very well. If you start a game on your phone and move to your iPad, for example, iMessage has brought the game and the move history over with the rest of your messages but trying to make a move will give you a prompt to start a new game. Maybe this is just a bug and it’s supposed to sync.

I'd even be okay if they clearly handled the circumstance and just informed you that you have to continue on the original device. Of course, getting state sync to other devices would be even better!

Also others have mentioned that being able to preview the move before auto-sending would improve the experience — I agree.

NIX365 ,

Great idea, good implementation

My only complaint is that I don't have very many people that want to play against me, but that's not the developer's fault. I won't compare this other chess apps I own (because it would be a dumb comparison) but I like the idea of casual games played via messaging. I'm continually amazed at the creativity of iOS developers and what they can concoct and this iMessage application doesn't disappoint in that regard.

I'm really only adding this review to counteract all the 1-star review people that apparently never passed elementary school reading curriculum and don't understand how their smartphone works. Keep on keeping on developers! I look forward to seeing what you deliver to us in the future.

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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