Master the game of Chess by solving tactic positions.
- Get a hint if you don't know the solution
- You can solve tactics as guest or login with your PlayChess account
- Positions which you haven't solved, will appear again later
- High score list
- Universal application
- new interface
Ratings and Reviews
WAS: More crashes than a demolition derby
Another update: Chessbase added access to the web apps in your CB account. Seems like a Good Idea, but....
Their app is misconfigured. The 2D board is empty because the piece images break default security settings. So yet another fail from Chessbase GmbH.
Ok, time to update the review. The new version of this has fixed the problem of crashing, and has improved the UI. But it now requires the Internet to be accessible to run.
Overall, it's an improvement. It's actually useful, now, given access to the net. There's plenty of room yet for improvement, e. g., it still does the "wrong, try again" thing, but I've added a couple of stars to reflect the change.
Original 1-star review follows:
Was looking forward to getting some ChessBase materials on iOS. Not anymore. Looks like they still have no clue how to write software for anything but Windows.
The puzzles themselves are interesting, but the bad UI and frequent crashes make this pretty much useless. If you don't find the right move at first, you simply get a red light. Ask for a hint, and it highlights the piece. It'd be more useful if, like CT-ART, it would also give a demonstration of the technique it's trying to teach. Its "Wrong. Try again." approach to teaching is pretty useless.
But more frustrating is the fact that if I play the right move, about 25% of the time the program crashes. I thought it was a Good Thing to solve the puzzle, but when I do the machine goes off and sulks.
This doesn't feel like an iOS game at all. The interface is horrible.
The chess problem may be interesting but they are badly designed and poorly described: I tried two and they were both 'Black to move and win', except it didn't meant in the next move! And White's response to the "hinted" move is not forced... so badly posed chess problems.
In short... a poorly done chess problems app.
Why is this a Featured App???
Not sure what they're thinking putting this on such a respected brand. Input is clunky and it sometimes takes several tries for a move to register. Some of the variations seem a bit odd too. It may have just been the frustration building up, but it seemed to ask you to perform menial tasks such as find the pin when there was a mate on the board.
Tactics are a decent training tool IF you can go back and figure out why something was played. Otherwise it is an exercise in futility. A tactics trainer should let you play around with the solution so you understand what just happened. This doesn't include that, it doesn't give variations when you've solved the problem, and you can't even stop and look at the board when you've found the solution. It just takes you to the next task without giving you time to learn from the puzzle.
The result is a waste of time.
- ChessBase Schachprogramme- Schachdatenbank Verlags GmbH
- 9.3 MB
Requires iOS 5.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- © ChessBase GmbH
- In-App Purchases
- 100 tactics positions $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.