Chess for Android

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About this game

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 (Certabo, Chessnut, ChessUp, DGT, House of Staunton, 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
Updated on
Dec 9, 2023

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Ratings and reviews

102K reviews
Efrain Villegas
March 27, 2024
Greatchess app, some improvements would be nice. I've noticed that the game does not annotate checkmate ever. The spoken move will say say white/black wins but the notation will only display a check with the plus symbol instead of checkmate with the pound sign. I was able to import stockfish easily and no issues with that. The app connects to my House of Staunton eboard well, but Bluetooth connection does not support my companion ZMFchess clock and I have to use the USB connection instead.
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Carlos Jesus Amador
March 11, 2021
It's a cool app. I can't get enough of it but it's extremely hard. There aren't any levels. You can't get better because every move you make it countered by a master move. It doesn't matter how much you "undo" because the engine will find a way to win. It finally "allowed" me to gain a material advantage enough to win--almost 30 moves later. I think it got back into master mode as soon as it gave away the advantage. It's fun to play (eyes mode) but sucks if you're looking to build confidence. ☹
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A Google user
December 3, 2018
Thank you for contributing this great, straightforward chess app with no ads and no spyware. I appreciate the focus on the AI rather than battery-wasting frills like fancy graphics. My only complaint is that it's too smart 😁 I'm not an experienced player by any means, but the easiest mode seems unbeatable on my phone. Something in between random and level 1 would be great.
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Aart Bik
December 5, 2018
Thanks for your kind review! For the time being, perhaps you could train using random moves until you are ahead, and then switch to another level to see if you can win from there!

What's new

Added support for House of Staunton Sensory Board (USB/BT)