Learn to play and master the classic strategy board game Chess with an app that takes you from easy beginner levels all the way to Pro Grandmaster! Play chess with friends in 2 player mode, or battle live via the online multiplayer mode using Game Center. Features chess problems, puzzles, coach to learn tactics, clock with various timer settings, 3d and 2d sets and more. Whether you wish to play a social game, against the computer, blitz or learn from a famous Magnus Carlsen game, this app has it all. Great for kids too. Masteroft Chess has a prime engine that finished 4th best at the time in the World Microcomputer Chess Championships! Trainer includes a move checker that highlights bad moves and shows openings.

This is pick up and play chess at its best!

The #1 Best Selling Chess App for iOS*


"I bought all chess applications for iPhone and this one is probably better than many $7-9 applications. Check TEST ALL. 66 chess applications at only ONE page in the World ..."

"It truly is close to flawless and is by far the best mobile Chess game I have played on any platform."
- PDA 247.


Choice Strategy Game of the Year
Smartphone Magazine runner up.

Various levels, board styles and breathtaking Retina Display chess sets combine with an outstanding World beating chess engine to offer you a great playing experience and an ever increasing challenge.

Whether you're just starting out or else a seasoned pro, Mastersoft Chess has something for you!


Hint facility.
Built in coach to monitor your progress.
Training mode to improve your game with adjustable threats and suggestions.
Training levels that dumb down your iPhone / iPod Touch.
Take back a move if you change your mind!
Your iPhone/iPod Touch checks that your moves are allowed.


7 Modes of play including "Rated", "Training", "Puzzle", "Grandmaster" and "Timed".
An engine that came 4th in the World Micro-computer Chess Championships!
A unique engine unlike any other - plays interesting and sometimes quite aggressive chess.
Designed to play like a human opponent - right up to Grandmaster level!
Powerful database search with famous games and analysis.
Several timed modes including Blitz chess.
Large opening book with ability to display the opening name when in "Training Mode".
Puzzle Mode with many different types of puzzle eg Mate in 5 moves etc
100% Full Chess rules including enpassant, castling etc.
Thought analysis (main line, depth and score).
Setup position (including castling rights, enpassant and side to move)
Move forward / backward to any point in the current game.
Includes Standard Chess Book Sets in addition to the realistic ones.
In depth statistics.
ELO rating system. Mastersoft Chess monitors your games and appraises your ELO grade.
100 levels of increasing difficulty.

*Source: US App Store 2011.

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What’s New

Version 3.65

Updated for latest IOS and now with landscape mode and 7 Modes of Play!
New Grandmaster Mode, Several Databases with Powerful Search and Famous Games, Annotated Games, New Analysis, New Infinite Chess Puzzles, New Timed Mode, New Blitz Mode, New Coach, Online Play via Game Center, 100 Graded Chess Levels, 5000+ Skin Combinations, Opening Discovery in Training Mode, Improved Chess Engine and more!

Voted No1 best Chess app!

The PC version came 4th in the World MCC and our IOS version has the exact same engine!

Please let us know how we can improve Chess for you.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
17.5K Ratings

17.5K Ratings

britrecko ,

Excellent learning tool for beginners and beyond.

At age 89, I have decided to learn to play chess for the first time I’m my life.
I have never had any interest in other board games including card games.
While I have mild cognitive decline due to age I was looking for a strong mild stimulant to offset and avoid Alzheimer’s which my younger brother has and does no longer recognize me.

This app allows me to play by myself with hints as to my best moves, which then allows me to better understand chess tactics and strategies.
I find myself over the last ten days playing constantly on my iPad.
Better than reading the Wall Street Journal or watching Netflix
Both of which I have cancelled substituting the great courses plus which has hundreds of subjects that interest me.

I reward myself after an hour of chess with this app by going to GreatCourses plus and enjoying a course or courses on musiccollegy
Great fun and a great app for someone like myself who enjoys studying a difficult subject.
I do have a friend who first interested me in chess and I look forward to the collegiality of a game that also meets my desire for togetherness.l

adriel1836 ,

Excellent board

I've played chess for fifty years. Not very well I'm afraid. I've played classic boards, automated boards and app boards. App boards are by far my favorite. So convenient and versatile! This app is my favorite. First, I like the way it "plays". I'm actually slowly becoming a better player! For me the board is intuitive to use and helpful. The many boards and pieces to choose from is a nice touch. I also sometimes save games to play later. The menu bars cover everything I ever want to do and the fonts are very nicely done.

The best chess board I have ever owned! Period.

მე არადაკავებული ,

Easy to use.

Quite nice application. Easy to use. There are adds but absolutely do not disturb (small banner at the screen bottom).
Good controls, useful settings, lot of skins.
You start playing with miserable levels and it automatically increases every next game from 0 to 100. Good setting if you have not played for years and need training.
Yet have not played with anyone online.
Overall, I think, this is what I was seeking for.


Mastersoft Ltd
128.7 MB

Requires iOS 10.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

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  • Game Center

    Challenge friends and check leaderboards and achievements.

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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