App Spotlight: Free Chess Apps

Whatever your preferences when playing the Game of Kings, you’re sure to find an app to suit your tastes among these currently free (as of 1/25/16) selections.

Chess Free – AI Factory Limited (4.5/5 stars)

— 12 play levels (Novice->Expert)
This uses intelligent weakening for lower levels. Good for beginners.

— Casual and Pro modes (NEW!)
Two different play modes allow you to choose how much help the game gives you, and stats are kept separate for both.

— Uses Treebeard Chess engine
(as used in Microsoft’s MSN Chess). This has a unique “”human-like”” style.

— Chess Tutor
This option shows a recommended piece to move. This will help you think about how you should play without telling you exactly what move to make. This is good for developing chess skill while also helping you avoid simple mistakes.

— Two Player Hotseat
Play against your friends!


3D Chess Game (4.5/5 stars)

– Completely free (not a demo, no locked options!)

– Powerful Chess engine that can also simulate absolute beginner opponents

– Realistic 3D models, animations and sound effects

– Examine any game back and forth, move by move! Edit, resume etc.



– Watch different A.I. levels play against each other!

– See what moves the A.I. is evaluating while processing

– At the highest levels, the engine can see dozens of moves ahead, using the full power of your device to play great Chess!

– Play in normal mode or timed mode, while monitoring your progress with statistics

– Never played Chess before? Quick start tutorial included!


Chess With Friends Free (4/5 stars)

Take no prisoners and protect your King at all costs! Brought to you by the makers of Words with Friends, Chess with Friends Free is the best way to play the classic Chess board game on Android.

Connect with friends and challenge them to one of the oldest, most popular strategy games in the world.

Play multiple games at the same time, track your moves and improve your stats.

Download Chess with Friends Free and start playing the most social chess game today!

• CONNECT with Facebook to play family and friends, or find and challenge a random opponent

• TRACK your record, skill rating, and head-to-head stats to improve your game play

• SIZE UP your opponent by viewing their matches and stats on their profile

• PRACTICE MODE – Choose your skill level, train your brain, and learn new tactics by challenging Chesster the Chess coach. Play him online or offline to sharpen your skills

• RELIVE the glory by replaying moves on the board in existing and past games

• ENCOURAGE, boast or taunt your opponent with in-game chat

• PLAY multiple chess games at once across Android and iOS


Chess Free – Optime Software (4/5 stars)

Are you tired of playing chess games that look like they were designed for a Commodore 64 instead of today’s smartphones? Here’s got the antidote for you.

Chess Free is the best looking chess game available for Android, and best of all – it’s free!

Chess Free supports both 1 player and 2 player gameplay, so you can play against friends or test your skills against a challenging computer opponent.

Chess Free offers a host of exciting features, including:

* Great graphics and exciting sound effects

* Configurable player names and score tracking

* Outstanding AI engine with configurable difficulty level

* Board rotation for two player games

* Undo function

* Automatic save when you get a phone call or exit the application


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