Acid Ape Chess GM Edition

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About this game

Acid Ape Chess is the multi-purpose chess suite aimed at the serious player.

Acid Ape Chess is organized with a tools philosophy in mind. You can leverage its modular design to perform common and less common chess-related tasks.

Acid Ape Chess focuses on:

• quality;
• elegance;
• ergonomics;
• versatility.

Some Acid Ape Chess features:

Online chess

• Play on FICS, ICC and Lichess
• Watch live online games
• View online players and their game history
• Non-disruptive in-game chat using a subwindow at the bottom of the chessboard

Chess engines

• Play against UCI or CECP chess engines
• Organize engine duels
• 3 strong builtin engines are provided (Arasan, cheng4 and Scorpio)
• Use third-party engines
• Adjust engine-specific settings
• Use custom PolyGlot (.bin) and Arena (.abk) opening books
• Use custom neural networks


• Analyze with multiple chess engines
• Display the principal variation and stats
• Display an evaluation graph
• Display Syzygy 7-men EGTB results (uses an online service)
• Easily create, annotate and move variations with our move list editor
• Automatic analysis (apply the best move every x seconds)
• Auto annotate games using a chess engine and the endgame tablebases
• Advanced move indicators displaying engine evaluation scores

Premium access to our online database

• 210 million positions
• 3.6 million games, from the 1800s to 2023
• 270,000 OTB players, from club players to superstars
• Used by the opening explorer
• Can be used as an opening book for chess engines
• Search for players, display games, filter by ELO and opening
• Our database is updated continuously
• The perfect tools for your game preparation

PGN support

• Your played games are autosaved
• The PGN Explorer: a file manager with PGN support
• Edit your games (headers, move tree, annotations)
• Load and save PGN files
• Clipboard support
• Share your games as PGN download links

OTB chess

• Watch live games from major professional tournaments
• Search our online database for players and games
• Use a stylish fullscreen clock for your OTB games
• Play OTP (over the phone): two players on the same phone or tablet.

Electronic boards and clocks

• Drivers for the DGT Bluetooth e-Board, the DGT USB e-Board, the DGT Smart Board, the DGT Revelation II, the DGT3000 and the DGT Pi *
• Play online, engine and OTB games with your physical board and clock
• Connect via Bluetooth or USB

Blindfold play

• The board and move list are hidden
• You input your moves via speech recognition
• Opponent moves are announced via speech synthesis

Tactical puzzles

• Solve 900 puzzles split into 3 levels of difficulty
• Import your own PGN puzzles


• Challenge from 2 to 16 engine opponents
• Play blindfold simuls

A comprehensive user manual

• Explains everything about AAC, and more!
• Presented as a book, accessible from AAC
• Contains numerous use cases and tips

Extra features

• Play Chess960
• Choose from many different board and piece themes
• Enter local player details, with country flag, chess title and ELO
• Use the position editor to encode positions for playing or analysis
• Move speech recognition and synthesis
• A LCD chess clock modeled after real hardware, with sound and flag display
• Displays your personal statistics against your opponent
• Use a standalone clock app for your non-connected OTB games

This is Acid Ape Chess Grandmaster Edition, containing all the features.

* DGT drivers are the only optional purchase inside the application. We have set an unique worldwide base price for this optional feature, in €. The final price is fixed by Google Play and varies depending on local taxes, VAT, and currency exchange rates. To give you an idea, it is 59.99 € (VAT included) in Germany.
Updated on
Jul 2, 2023

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
App activity and Device or other IDs
This app may collect these data types
App activity and App info and performance
Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted

Ratings and reviews

228 reviews
Zac Wright
May 9, 2022
I bought this primarily for use with my DGT e-board. Yes, it's an expensive app especially with the additional cost for the DGT driver - but it is the BEST I can find for my uses. You get what you pay for. However, 4/5 stars bc of the clock lag when using external DGT3000. I typically play 3|2 blitz games with friends and this is obviously a huge issue for that time control. For years the manual has said, "In a future version... this issue will be eliminated" ( Any update on when we can expect to see that happen?
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Acid Ape Studios
September 21, 2022
In our dev tree the DGT3000 is now able to work in standalone mode (eg. you select the option on the clock) and AAC reads the times from the clock. This helps a bit.
Houzi Sun
October 3, 2023
Love this app and definitely worth the price. Very smooth. My favorite features and the number one reason that made me pull the trigger was the A.I vs A.I ability and the use of the different A.I.s whether to analyze the match and have their perspective or to have different ones play each other. Also, really great job on the blindfold Chess and the ability to say 1.e4 and all the terms used. So very well done. Lots of love went into this. Love the database. Just takes getting used to the U.I.
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Acid Ape Studios
November 3, 2023
Thanks for your vote of confidence and welcome to Acid Ape Studios!
Ugo Marsolais
March 2, 2023
This chess app is top of the class, especially if you own a DGT board because it connects flawlessly. The interface seems a little complicated, but after a while you realize the concept of windows is powerful. I love the zillions different options available (play against lots of different engines, online on lichess, ICC, etc or OTB with a friend. Good analysis options. The only downside: it's expensive, especially for the DGT connection. But it's top-quality, with a comprehensive user manual.
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Acid Ape Studios
November 3, 2023
Thanks for your vote of confidence, welcome to Acid Ape Chess!

What's new

- A Lichess protocol change broke Lichess support: fixed.
- Per-engine core settings are now respected again.