***Credits:*** The Montreal fonts used in the app are artwork done by Gary Katch (

SmallFish is a project based on the Stockfish chess engine. It uses the latest Stockfish chess engine (Stockfish 14 NNUE), rated about Elo 3300+ and is one of the strongest chess apps.

The app derives from the SmallChess app (another top chess app) to create stunning chess playing experience for absolutely no cost! The strongest chess app is free, something very hard to believe but it's true.

SmallFish offers you three distinct ways to improve your game. You can review your game with comments, or study how Stockfish thinks, or track your progress.

SmallFish is simply amazing.


- Blunder checking
- Multiple line analysis
- Graphical evaluation of your game
- Game previews
- Dark mode support
- Endgame tablebase
- Opening books

- It's free. Why not just download and try it yourself?

What’s New

Version 16.7.2

* Support the latest iPad Mini 6
* Improve stability

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

chuchu0rocket ,

Great game

This game, on intermediate level is very challenging for me. It offers a number of different game pièce icons and provides a list of the moves made. I know there are a number of free chess games offered in the App Store but I’m sticking with this I e as it has th be one of the best. It even has a function where you can leave notes as you play along for further study. Great game and what’s more it’s free!

Fprwsl ,

Opponent always runs out of time.

No matter what I do in the options, I always win because my opponent runs out of time. The game continues, however, even though the clock is 0.00 so that’s a good thing. This issue starts immediately: playing white pieces, I play 1. d4, black always immediately plays either d5 or f6; I play 2. c4 . . . . black “thinks” 20-40 seconds before making a second move, usually c5. Really? As long as 40 seconds to make the second move. And that “thinking” exists throughout the game. For instance, black offers a queen trade: I accept. Then black deliberates 20, 30, etc. seconds whether or not to capture my queen when there is obvious nothing to deliberate. Hardly a realistic or enjoyable scenario.

ifla01 ,

Well designed app - update

After updating to ios13.6, it seems that there are graphic issues (piece alignment to the board, coordinates alignment to the board). None of these are impediments to using it, but are annoying.
Please update!
*Having tried many chess apps, I consider this app to be excellent! Most chess enthusiasts say that the only decent chess games were developed for PC. Until finding this app I thought that was true. My preferred choice has been Chess Master- Grandmaster edition (pc version), which I used for more than 10 years. This app is certainly the best contender yet!

App Privacy

The developer, Ted Wong, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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