Forward Chess is an Interactive reader of chess books. Play through the lines in the book, or try your own, it's like having a chess board and a chess book in the palm of your hand.

Forward Chess includes the ability to purchase over 100 chess eBooks through our In-App Store. Check it out. Our collection is growing weekly!

Forward Chess also contains the following subscription options
- ChessPublishing's monthly periodical for the latest in opening theory
- We offer a choice of 4 different auto-renewing subscriptions
- 1 Section for 1 Year @ $19.99 USD
- 3 Sections for 1 Year @ $39.99 USD
- 6 Sections for 1 Year @ $69.99 USD
- 12 Sections for 1 Year @ $99.99 USD
- Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
- Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
- Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal
- Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase
- No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period
- Links to Your Privacy Policy and Terms of Use
- Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication.

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What’s New

Version 1.17.11

- Bug Fixes
- Compatibility with iOS 13
- Compatibility with Dark Mode

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

Uogele ,

Almost Ideal Chess Book App

I remember thinking close to a decade ago that the best way to read a chess book would be as an e-book, but only if it came with an integrated board. I was sure this would never be made because it would probably be more labor of love than something which brings in profit, which is why I didn’t bother looking to see if this was ever done.

I found out about this app from a link on the Chess Stars website and have become increasingly happy with it over time. In addition to the integrated board, there are hyperlinks embedded throughout the text that will update the position with one click and a chess engine that will help calculate sidelines and continuations.

This app will forget the location I am at, frequently jumping to the beginning of the chapter I am working on. Despite that, I am going through Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual faster than I would by playing his positions over the board with a far greater ability to rapidly replay positions. In short, this is the closest to a perfect all in one study tool for reading chess that I have ever used.

Chess blue 35 ,

Awesome ! Deserves 10 stars !!

Many good updates since some of the older comments. This is my favorite for reading chess books.
Interactive board with books,you can add notes, and bookmarks.

710 Skyline ,

Has potential, needs more work

Apps like this have the potential to make reading a chess book way more convenient, because you can always see the current position.

This is a good start but it’s just a beginning, it needs more work.

As far as bugs are concerned, it does not remember correctly the location on the page when restarting the app. On a chapter with ~ 10 games, it’s not easy to find the place to continue.

Also, it loses the current position when double-tapping to go full screen (or return from full screen).

In terms of features, the main thing I miss is some kind of visual indication that there’s text to read after the current move. Imagine I watch the board and then tap the Next button to advance through the game. Unless I check the notation after every move (very distracting) I would miss the move comment. True, there’s a dialog for variations, but that’s not the same thing. Some commented moves don’t have variation. A change in color, some dot lighting up somewhere would mean a lot in terms of convenience.


WiTechnoME LLC
35.7 MB

Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. The Sharpest Sicilian 2012 $19.99
  2. The World's Most Instructive Amateur Game Book $9.99
  3. The Modern Reti $17.99


  • Family Sharing

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

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