Sharpen your chess skills!
Beginners and experienced players alike will enjoy solving the chess puzzles included in this app. All of the puzzles were hand picked and were either taken from actual games or are compositions inspired by actual games!
The app includes 645 interactive puzzles ranging from mate in 2 moves all the way to mate in 17 moves! The object is to finish each puzzle by forcing a checkmate in a given number of moves. These puzzles are fun to play and can be enjoyed at your leisure on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
All of the puzzles in this app are from the book 'Memphis Chess Club: Chess Problems by World Champions' by Kenn E. Thompson, Dwight K. Weaver, and Christopher McDade (2011) and is available in the iTunes Bookstore.
Other features include:
- Timing clock is displayed while you are working on each puzzle. How long you take to solve a puzzle is stored.
- Lots of options: 7 chess piece sets and 7 different colors schemes including wood and marble.
- Social Gaming: Leaderboards to compare the number of puzzles you have solved with your friends and other players. Facebook integration - including the ability to post your progress and ask your friends for help on a puzzle.
- Universal app - works on iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad - high resolution graphics all around (where supported).
For even more chess puzzle challenges check out these apps:
- Mate in 1 Puzzles
- Mate in 2 Puzzles
- Mate in 3 Puzzles
- Mate in 4+ Puzzles
- Added a new Color Scheme option: Light Green and Yellow!
- Improvements to iOS 12 compatibility
Ratings and Reviews
Best Chess Practice App, Hands Down
I purchased this app for .99 and I can honestly say that it doesn't get better than this. The chess computer sometimes moves different than the original game, which is great--sometimes I can solve one, redo it, and take a while to figure out based on the other move it made. Chess books as great, but this tops them all and it's dirt cheap. Another plus, for me, is the custom skin options. I love the Leipzig pieces on gray background. It's so awesome and I wish my other chess apps had those pieces. The next best app is tchess. I was hesitant, but the computer and analyser are AMAZINGLY helpful. Spread the word for these great chess apps!
A great collection of mating nets, and the app can be improved
This app collects over 600 mating nets from real games, from two-movers up to over 15 moves. (Top-flight players resign when the net becomes obvious, but this app gives you the chance to administer the satisfying coups de grace, if you can find them.) would that we could find these positions over the board!
The app has some rough patches that can be fixed. On my year-old iPad Air, it still crashes if I tap "Previous game" even when there is one to select. There are undocumented functions, such as the mysterious "Figurine notion" I'm still trying to observe. Landscape mode, which it lacks, would be nice. A little editing of player names would improve things; I suspect some of the players with different names are really the same ones.
(A previous review commented on the delay when you make a "wrong" move, but I can explain that one: there is an evaluation engine that kicks in and generates a response if you don't make the right move.)
It would be nice to be able to search for mates by your favorite players. (Mine is Lasker.)
All in all this is a very nice collection and a fun app for any chess player to have!
Excellent and very challenging
This is a great collection of exercises on the tactical side of chess. They are organized staring with mate in two, then three, four, and so on. You can skip around as you like and I'm currently at the mate is five section. There's still one mate in four that stumps me though. I love that the computer will play any variation, so you can learn why "your" idea doesn't work. Puzzle hero, another great collection, doesn't do this. I recommend both. Thanks for this great piece of solid work!
Challenge friends and check leaderboards and achievements.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.