[Game] Chess for Android
Chess for Android consists of a chess engine and a GUI.
The application accepts moves through the touch screen, trackball, or keyboard (e2e4 pushes the king pawn, e1g1 castles king side, etc.). An optional “move coach” highlights valid user moves during input and last played engine move. Full game navigation enables users to correct mistakes or analyze games.
Games import and export as FEN/PGN to and from the clipboard or via sharing, load and save as file, or are set up through a position editor. A draw by stalemate, insufficient material, the fifty move rule, or threefold repetition is recognized. The engine plays at various levels (including random, against itself in auto-play, or free-play, where the game can be used as a “magnetic chessboard”). The user can play either side and, independently, view the board from the perspective of white or black.
The application supports the Universal Chess Interface (UCI) and Chess Engine Communication Protocol (WinBoard and XBoard), which allows users to play against more powerful third party engines or even play tournaments between engines. Engines are imported in Android Open Exchange format (OEX), in Android Chessbase compatible format, or directly from SD card. Engine setup features time control, pondering, infinite analysis, hash tables, multiple threads, endgame tablebases, and opening test suites.
The application connects to an external electronic chessboard (Chessnut, Certabo, DGT, or Millennium) and supports online play on FICS (Free Internet Chess Server) or ICC (Internet Chess Club).
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You can freely disable permissions you don’t want to grant, the rest of the application will continue to work:
Storage (Files and Media): only required when you want to load and save games to SD Card
Location: only required if you want to connect to DGT Pegasus/Chessnut Air, which requires a Bluetooth LE scan
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Chess for Android user reviews :
I am playing this chess app for almost 10 years and it has become an integral part of my life! Its impossible to find elsewhere a minimal, beautiful and smart chess that just works without all these unnecessary features that other apps have. A huge thanks to the developer Aart Bik who after so many years keeps updating this app!
- This is such a kind and warm review, and it just made my day a little brighter reading it. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful note!
A wonderful chess app without ads. A big thanks to the developer. But I can’t find out how to do castling. Edit: Thank you for your answer, Aart Bik! I am learning so much about chess and looking forward to play against my brother soon (who is a very good chess player)
- Thanks! To castle, move the king first, by two squares. Then the app will move the rook for you!
I must say, Aart has done a wonderful job with this app. After a long search discovered this gem of an app, and finally my search was concluded. Soo simple, yet soo powerful chess UI. Literally THE best chess app for Android. Thank you soo much Aart
- Thank you for writing such a kind and friendly review. Much appreciated!
Straightforward chess game, free, no ads, what more could you want. Exactly what I was searching for.
Amazing Chess engine very strong at very low size with every feature I hope Aart J.c Bik reading this. I have a question can I ever beat level 4 . Thank you for this Brilliant chess app. It deserve 10 Star
- Thank you for your very kind review. And yes, I am reading this! Good luck sharpening your chess skills and thanks for using my app to do so!
This game plays more moves ahead than I do and has a pretty good repertoire of patented first moves. I’m getting to where I often have the same pieces the computer does at end of the game, but I have only won three times. Sometimes I think it goes easy on me and I wish it could generate a report of anytime it deviates from the norm if it does.
- Thanks for the 5 stars!
Could not be better. The perfect chess game. No pointless distractions, just a basic 2d chess board, with amazing programming behind the scenes. I love this. It’s depressing how quickly it does its moves on the level I can cope with. But, after lots & lots of attempts, I finally beat it (level 1. I’m no expert) Multi player works brilliantly too, there simply isn’t a downside to this chess app. Look no further. Trust me
This game is extremely well made. The graphics are simple, the code is simple. There’s no fancy animation, no ads, no calls to action, no mess in the UI. Because of that, it runs super fast. And it has a lot of features. You can play against a friend or the game itself (which plays very well), or set up custom piece arrangements to do experiments or end-games. If you ever pull out your phone for something to do, play some chess against this app. It turns your brain back on very quickly.
- Thank you very much for your 5-star review!!!
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