Forward Chess - eBook Reader

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960 reviews
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About this game

Forward Chess is an interactive chess book reader. Read the book, play through book lines, AND try your OWN lines. The embedded Stockfish engine, one of the strongest chess playing engines on the planet, can be invoked at any time to provide an evaluation of the book’s moves or an evaluation of your own variations. Forward Chess is like having a book, a chessboard, and a powerful analysis tool together right in the palm of your hand!

One of the best things about Forward Chess is its ergonomic design. Forward Chess engineers designed easy-to-reach “Previous” and “Next” buttons that allow the user to quickly scroll through moves, and a one-touch snap-to-position feature that allows the user to touch a move and snap to a position. The resizable diagrams are easy on the eyes.

For large-scale navigation, Forward Chess allows the user to jump directly to specific chapters, scroll seamlessly through single chapters, and navigate long trees of variations with ease.

Forward Chess now supports note taking: creation, editing, and deletion. The app also supports multiple bookmarks per book.

Forward Chess currently features books published by the following fine chess publishers: Quality Chess, Chess Stars, Russell Enterprises, Chess Informant, New In Chess, and Mongoose Press.

Dozens of recent titles from these publishers are available inside the Forward Chess bookstore for purchase. A number of free sample books are also available for an immediate “test drive.”

Forward Chess promises to propel your chess training forward to the next level!
Updated on
Apr 16, 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 App info and performance
This app may collect these data types
Personal info, Financial info and 3 others
Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted

Ratings and reviews

746 reviews
A Google user
March 12, 2020
This is the best way to study chess books. As you play through the lines in games/ problems, the program can instantly return you to the point in the game where the line began. (I can almost never remember where the pieces were at the start of a line, which was very aggravating and time consuming. ) The only shortcoming here is that not all chess books are available in this format.
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Jeremy Fugal
July 27, 2020
I love this app! It has taken the tedium out of reading chess books with a standard chess board. I was tempted to give the rating four stars only because it lacks the ability to export books as pgns, but this is not really their fault as the publishers would not agree to this. I've written to Forward Chess recommending some improvements, and they responded right away. This app is wonderful, and will only get better as they add new features.
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Andrew Masden
September 7, 2020
I just discovered this and I absolutely love it. It is perfect. I am devouring chess books. Download it. Buy a book, and see for yourself. I have it on my iPad, my Android phone, and my Windows PC, and split my reading amount these devices almost evenly.
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What's new

~ Fixed engine font contrast issue on Eric's device.
~ You may occasionally see a popup suggesting to sign-in to our Newsletter which offers 20-30% discounts on books. You can choose to not see it anymore on that device by choosing 'Don't ask again on this device' before you Close it and we won't bother you again.
~ Play Store crash fixes when upgrading app from a very old version
~ Crash fix in Tactics trainer