MATCH - Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess

14 reviews
Content rating
Everyone 10+
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About this app


Learn chess in a different way

Forget dry lessons and boring theory. Maurice Ashley, world famous Grandmaster and chess commentator, brings his signature style to teaching you chess.

Twenty to the point lessons take you from the absolute basics to more advanced strategic foundations of mastering a full game of chess. Follow the audio lesson on an animated board where the concepts are visualized for a better understanding.

After a lesson, dive into one of the nine training mini-games called skillbuilders, Each of them will help you improve specific cognitive skills, for seeing how pieces move or attack with ease. These unique exercises teach real and raw mental skills needed for chess mastery.

And to top it off – this is not a standard app. It is your own personal class with Maurice, coaching you Brooklyn style. Do well and you will be lauded – but watch out or you will be the target for street style trash talk.

** Features **
- 20 Lessons in 4 categories
- 9 skillbuilders with hundreds of levels
- over 100 puzzles
- play chess against an engine in three skill levels
- audio comments by Maurice tell you how you are doing


** Maurice Ashley is a true chess legend. **
He not only made history as the first African-American grandmaster in the annals of the game. He has managed to translate his love of the game to others, as a three-time national championship coach, author, ESPN commentator, puzzle inventor and motivational speaker.

Maurice is well known for providing dynamic live tournament coverage of world class chess competitions and matches. His high-energy, unapologetic and irreverent commentary combines Brooklyn street talk with professional ESPN-style sports analysis. He has covered every class of elite event, including the World Chess Championships, the US Chess Championships, the Grand Chess Tour and the legendary Man vs. Machine matches between Garry Kasparov and IBM’s Deep Blue.
Now he will teach you!

We are eager to bring MATCH back to the app store. But this version is just the beginning. We will keep adding new content and features, so watch out for frequent updates. You will soon have the chance to get you the introductory version for a very special price. No subscription. No in-app purchase.

Please note that this is our first version and there might be minor glitches or problems. You can help us – we appreciate your honest feedback which will help us improve the app. And hear how you like it. Please contact us by mail: or
Updated on
May 4, 2021

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14 reviews
Dan C
January 11, 2021
After using this program for some time, I find the training to be very slow on my older moto x phone. It takes a long time for the moves on the board to catch up with the audio which is always ahead. This makes the training hard to follow. Also hitting pause or back key to go exit a tutorial takes almost half a minute to respond which is unacceptable. I'll give it 5 stars if these issues are fixed. No other concerns at this time.
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Oscar Portillo
February 12, 2021
Ok. I'm leaving a comment in hopes it'll be used to improve the app, which is a good beta of sorts. But of course it needs more content. To start: even for the minimal cost, only 37 exercises in the puzzles section is basically inexcusable. And more importantly a fatal flaw came up in the FIRST game I played: the king gobbled up a queen that was defended by a knight in a check mate position. How that bug is present in an app backed by such a prominent chess personality is beyond me.
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Justin Macauley
January 14, 2021
Maurice Ashley's Developer did a great job with this app! Teaches The basics of chess, some advanced things and chess with more to come per Maurice Ashley apparently. There are all kinds of puzzles inside of this app with friendly trash talking or humorous comments from Maurice Ashley voiced on the puzzles. There are three different levels of hardness to play chess against the built-in chess engine. That is easy medium and hard. Overall the graphics are really nice it is fun to play with!
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What's new

Added subtitles for lessons
Added option to turn off Maurice's commentary
Improved timer behaviour
Added 2 more puzzles
Added highlighting for selected pieces
Some small styling changes
Some small bug fixes