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4 Great Chess Apps that will Improve your Game

September 3rd, 2017
Yamil Duba

We all know there are plenty of chess apps out there in the market —most of them not being worthy of your phone’s memory— but what about those precious short lines of code forgotten at the end of the gallery? Well, let me show you four great chess apps for your collection.

I won’t touch lichess, Stockfish, Follow Chess and so —those are already installed on your phone and do not directly improve your chess by the way. Instead I will focus on didactic apps that are likely to put your mind at work and will reduce a bit that nauseous abuse of engines.

 

NoirChess

Definitely NoirChess is one of the most unique apps out there and by far my first choice. Its developers describe it as a blindfold chess trainer but certainly is a bit more than that. Not only develops your ability to recognize the board as a whole allowing you to improve calculation of lines but also gives you the possibility to practise tactics… with or without pieces on the board.

 

CT-ART

You have a long list of chess tactics apps to check out from the gallery but let me save you some time: Chess Tactics Art is intuitive, well organized, neatly designed and over all didactic enough for most users from amateur to strong club players. Not in vain its developers claim it to be ‘the world’s most recognized and effective chess tactics course’.

 

Chess Studio (iPhone)

Whether you consider yourself a respected chess lover so you surely work hard on your opening repertoire and try to maintain your databases as neat as possible. Chess Studio is one of those great chess apps that keep it all clean and allows maximum store of detail. Besides, it’s fully compatible with Dropbox and iCloud Drive so you’re always synchronized.

 

Play Magnus

This short list won’t be complete without an app challenging you to a game. In this matter my choice is Play Magnus, the current World Champion’s official app. Play Magnus is nicely designed and it allows the possibility to choose among different strength levels so you can punish Carlsen’s mistakes at those early years of the Champ. Obviously, the older he gets the harder to beat. I would recommend start playing at 9 years old level to taste the Norwegian’s hand.

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