Chess is probably one of the oldest and most competitive turn based strategy games. Recently we decided to look for the best Chess application for our iDevice and we came up with this list. Not that any of us would be at the level of a Grandmaster, but we went searching for a Chess application with the toughest chess engine with a built in coach.
Price – Free
This application is by Chess.com and boasts 5 million players with unlimited real time games. The interface is really clean and nice as well. It also comes with a collection of 50,000 puzzles for you to choose from. For online play this is definitely the application we will go for.
Price – Free
Another amazing free chess application. Players can choose different play styles such as Passive, Solid, Active, Aggressive or Suicidal. Stockfish is able to think during opponent\’s time for maximum playing strength. Stockfish is also open source under the GNU General Public License.
Price – $7.99
Shredder is an outstanding 12 times computer chess world champion but it is also able to mimic the play of a human chess player with any playing strength. With that said, Shredder deliberately makes typical human mistakes in those levels.
T Chess Pro
Price – $7.99
Unlike the rest, you get both the iPhone and iPad application for the price of one. T Chess Pro has stunning retina display graphics and links with Game Center for real-time or turn-based online games with friends.
Price – $9.99
HIARCS stands for Higher Intelligence Auto Response Chess System and is almost similar to Shredder. While the user interface on HIARCS is not as clean as Shredder, HIARCS ran slightly smoother on our iPad 3 as compared to Shredder.
All the chess applications above are solid. We went for Shredder as the interface looked a bit nicer but felt a bit sluggish on the iPad as compared to the iPhone 5. In HIARCS you could have the coach recommend moves constantly which is great for training.
You could also enable a permanent brain on HIARCS so it\’s constantly calculating moves resulting in faster gameplay as compared to Shredder.
We just couldn\’t resist pitting both applications against each other. Shredder\’s Elo was set to a maximum of 2600 and HIARCS capped at 3000 Elo, making HIARCS the highest Elo on a portable device.
First game Shredder played black on the iPhone 5 and HIARCS played white on the iPad 3. Shredder came out on top.
Second game Shredder was on the iPad 3 playing white and HIARCS was playing black on the iPhone 5. The game was tied with both applications making 3 identical moves in succession.
And the results of the third match… well, we didn\’t do a third game. When you have 2 Grandmaster chess applications playing each other, you can expect the game to last quite a while.