Forward Chess - Book Reader

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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 9, 2024

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 info and performance
This app may collect these data types
Personal info, App activity and 2 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

830 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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Great Angelo
January 10, 2024
The biggest problem with this app is you cannot use books that you already have on your phone. There is no option to go to a folder on your device. It is not a reader per say as much as it is an app specifically designed to sell books. Books that I have already purchased and are on my phone don't seem to show up anywhere within the app. If I'm wrong let me know. If I have to purchase it first before I have an opportunity to load in one of my own books then I think it's pretty dishonest of you.
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Forward Chess
January 11, 2024
Hello! Sorry if we gave you an impression that the App can read local books. We have a tie up with most publishers and their book content is specially converted and formatted to make it interactive and presentable. It would not be possible with any locally stored PDF/EPUB books. Please email us at with your thoughts! Thx ~FC
Eric León Huerta Manzanilla
December 16, 2023
This app is better than others attempting to offer a Chess study tool for Android because its features really works and are well integrated. Besides, its own content is customized to take advantage of the app and has affordable prices, making them competitive compared with other ebook formats or hard copies, that cannot offer the same functionality. You should give it a try.
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What's new

* Fix for book and thumbnail download issue on Android devices < 6.0!
* New 'Zenonchess Ediciones' publisher added