PRO: The paid version plays stronger chess than the free version and it has no limitations such as app-credits and limited features. The Pro version offers more and better.

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SmallChess is a high quality and brilliantly presented chess playing app for iOS. It's suitable for everyone: from beginners to the world champion. You'll improve your chess with a very strong chess engine (ELO 3000+). An ultimate chess master in your pocket!

Improve your chess with our innovative guess-the-move. You'll partner with Magnus Carlsen and Bobby Fischer! You'll also meet Jose Raul Capablanca, Judit Polgar, Garry Kasparov and more!

You can share your chess games with Twitter, Facebook and SMS!

SmallChess is your best compatriot and trainer.

Key features

- Play against the computer or yourself
- Play against ELO rating from 500 to 3000!
- Play online chess with FICS
- Tablebase database
- Opening database
- Save and load PGN games. You can also import games from Safari and emails.
- Support PGN variations and annotations
- A massive chess database, played by some of the best chess players in history
- Annotated chess games
- Nine coaching styles, it's totally amazing!
- Save your favourite chess positions to iPhoto or our in-app chess album!
- Share your favourite chess positions with SMS, Email, Twitter and Facebook!
- 10+ visual themes and 30+ sound effects
- Use guess-the-move training to improve your chess. You'll partner with Magnus Carlsen and Bobby Fischer against some of the strongest chess grandmasters.
- Analyse your games with our world-class chess engine
- Chess cartoons, trivia, puzzles, quizzes, and more!
- Chess puzzles: Think Like A Grandmaster and Maths Genius.
- Beauty of Chess.
- Interactive chess experience.

App Support:

If you ever have a problem with the app or you have a suggestion, please write an email to us. Alternatively, follow us on Facebook or Twitter. You can find our contact details on our website. We answer all enquiries promptly.

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Small is Power. You'll be surprised.

What’s New

Version 12.9.8

Fixed fantasy chess pieces

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
100 Ratings

100 Ratings

wiseachoo ,

Almost perfect

Very useful chess app, one of only a couple that I turn to. The second mini analysis board is particularly awesome.

My reason for not giving 5 stars? When loading a PGN with multiple games, there doesn’t appear to be a simple way to load the next game in the series with a simple tap. In my case, when following along with a book and a PGN with say 300 games within the file, it becomes hugely inefficient having to push load and manually scrolling to find the next game. If the developers are reading this review, please add this functionality or tell me if I am missing a simple way to accomplish this.

Developer Response ,

I'm reading it. Do you mean like a search button?

The Real Fab One ,

A great chess app

There are several great chess apps for the iPhone and iPads. This is one of them. While the other great ones might be stronger (and some are, such as Stockfish), SmallFish has one feature that is superior to all the others: the set-up feature. On all the other great chess apps, trying to set up a position is frustratingly futile. (After carefully setting up a few pieces, they disappear from the squares, or the set-up mechanism quits before the set-up is completed.) In short, I like this app a lot. If future updates make it stronger, all the better.

_NM_ ,

What a gem!

This is an amazing chess app! Don’t be fooled by its simple appearance (which actually looks very clean and functional). It can paste PGN’s from the clipboard (you need to find them under the game menu, load game, my imports ...). Its analysis functions are unmatched. The analysis line brings up a small chessboard and you can visualize the line. It supports variations. It even has a variation board. It is quite a complex package for the iPad. If you like chess and want to play on the iPad, I highly recommend the pro version of this app. It even has a decent FICS client!


Ted Wong
128.5 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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