Learn Chess with Dr. Wolf 4+

Friendly, personal coaching


Designed for iPad

    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Meet Dr. Wolf, the ideal chess coach and companion. Play chess alongside Dr. Wolf as he explains everything step-by-step, points out strategic ideas, and alerts you to your mistakes.

Whatever your skill level, Dr. Wolf is the best way to learn and improve your chess game. Remember, even grandmasters were once students.

• In-game coaching, the best way to learn
• Helpful hints just when you need them
• Training against past mistakes until they are mastered
• Over 30 detailed lessons for all skill levels
• 4 unique coaches to choose from
• Great for beginners and intermediate players
• Friendly, patient, and witty!


Dr. Wolf will coach you for free for 3 games of chess so that you can appreciate his style
of in-game teaching. Then, to continue learning, you can subscribe to Coaching. With
Coaching, Dr. Wolf teaches while you play chess, pointing out good moves and bad —
both yours and his — and the reasoning behind them. At times, he'll gently suggest you
reconsider a move, or ask a question at a critical moment. Plus, you get unlimited hints,
unlimited undos, and unlimited access to our Lesson Library, with over thirty lessons in
Dr. Wolf's unique style.

Whether or not you choose to subscribe, Dr. Wolf will always play with you. He loves
chess too much to turn down a good game.


Payment will be charged to your 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 the same amount for renewal within 24 hours prior to the end of
the current period. You can manage your subscription and turn off auto-renewal by going to your Account
Settings after purchase. Any unused portion of a Free Trial, if offered, is forfeited when you buy a subscription.
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Terms of Use: https://www.chess.com/legal/user-agreement
Privacy Policy: https://www.chess.com/legal/privacy

What’s New

Version 2.34

This version includes just some minor bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
14.5K Ratings

14.5K Ratings

Ricci Tensor ,

Project/Example-Based-Learning at its peak

I rarely write reviews but I honestly thank this app so much. I’d propose that there’s at least one psychologist in the developer team. I’d wanted to learn chess for a long time but the potential barrier were pretty tough. But this step-by-step break-down and humanistic encouragements (and even humor!) made learning exponentially faster and I finally found the feeling how learning a brain-demanding skill could be addictive. It’s like you had a real coach who watches over you and patiently points out where you needs to improve - the antidote to solitude and fear of humiliation, two of the greatest enemies of learning. The instruction style that this app uses is indeed the study-proved and tried-and-true best way to lead a student forward. I’ve been trying to search for apps that teach other intellectual skills with a similar style but have been in vain so far. I really wish there could be more apps of this sort. Well worth the money.

Developer Response ,

You're welcome and thank you for the kind words. We're working to make further improvements to the teaching, and perhaps someday, as you suggested, we'll teach other things as well.

disappointed_customers ,

Good for Basics - Buyer Beware

I really enjoyed this app at first. I think it has a great approach to teach a beginning chess player. Really like the format. However, eventually you hit a “pay wall” which can be frustrating. I was considering buying the additional content/access.... and then? I was playing Dr Wolf, and he castled to get out of check. You can’t do that. Clearly a glitch / bug, whatever. But I’m not going to pay to play against a computer opponent (and pay for “coaching” from “him”) if he sometimes is programmed to forget some basic rules. Not cool. Not paying. Deleting. To the programmer: check your logic to make sure Dr Wolf knows the castling rules and follows them.
Update following developer response: I have increased my rating by 2 stars, as the developer responded quickly and kindly to show interest in investigating the bug. I really appreciate that as a user that they stand by their product. Unfortunately, I can’t help any further right now, as I can’t generate a screenshot from a game from some time ago. As I’d spent many hours playing Dr Wolf, I think this issue to be very rare indeed - if it were to happen in future I will of course try to be more helpful and save a screenshot (also a PGN). Thanks for reaching back - if it happens again I will supply better data to you via an email or something instead of an app review!

Developer Response ,

Hello, this is David, the original developer of “Learn Chess with Dr. Wolf”. Please send a screenshot if you see anything like this — we coded the app carefully to follow all the rules of chess, and some of them are quite tricky, including castling. Indeed you can’t castle when in check, although your rook can move through an attacked square when castling.

While it’s always possible for software to have a bug, I find this bug report very surprising- a screenshot would be super helpful so that we can see specifically what happened.

Thank you!

AnotherQuixote ,

“Expert” level not expert enough.

Dr. Wolf at expert level is no more than a version of the advanced level that makes almost just as many mistakes, albeit less embarrassing ones. When I launch a legitimate attack on “expert” Dr. Wolf, he often makes ridiculous blunders that beckons checkmate in less than 5 moves, leaving me feeling snubbed by the end. There are obviously somewhat educational purposes to his sudden weaknesses, but a difficulty level named as it is should be a platform where highly advanced players can feel consistently challenged. I believe having a more formidable opponent that can still act as a guide through more complicated variations retains more educational value than an opponent who plays with enticing inaccuracy. The latter is, after all, not an ideal role model for the more perceptive amateurs. Also, the concept of “strong moves” are based on very short-sighted standards, evaluating my moves just in light of incidental guiding principles and not the overall strategy of the game. Not expert teaching, I guess. If the nature of the app’s chess advice would be more refined and flexible, this app would become more competitive. And if learning opportunities and consistency of computer strength could be reconciled in an exceptional way, this app would become my favorite for chess.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the detailed feedback!

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