Best Chess Apps – From Beginner to Grandmaster

If you have had a look on the App store recently you’ll notice there are plenty of chess apps available for people to download for free. But which one is the best, because surely they are all the same within reason right? Well, not exactly.

There are some very different features available amongst chess apps that you can download. So, here we are going to look at the top three best chess app available for Android and iOS.

The Best Chess Apps Right Now

Many regular chess players now spend time playing online as well as in person, as it can allow you to analyse games in a little more depth. It can also give you specialised chess puzzles that make you play your way out of certain circumstances.

Everyone from complete beginners to chess grandmasters can improve their game by more practice, and the right chess app can help you do that. Here’s some great chess apps you’ll want to check out if you want to improve your chess skills.

Number 3:- SocialChess


This app is more informal in regards to the community of players that use this app. The community is smaller on the whole less competitive – it’s more about having fun than being the grandmaster champion of the world.

This app has no ads which is a nice plus that you rarely see in chess apps online. The game selection is slightly different than other apps too as it allows you to create challenges at any game speed you wish to play at.

You can also look at a graph that allows you to choose open challenges based upon again, the speed of the game and the rating of the opponent.

If you want the extra features like playing more than five games at once, which this app has to offer and it does it for a really great price of $10 per year which you can’t moan at, but the extras aren’t necessary because the free version is really great.

Available: Android and iOS platforms.

Number 2:- Dr. Wolf


Dr. Wolf is a companion chess coaching application where Dr. Wolf plays chess along with you and explains the rules, regulations, strategies, and concepts of chess in a way that is easy to follow as it is step by step.

This app is great for novices that have never played before and even for intermediate players too that might be looking to boost their knowledge of the game.

While you play games of chess Dr. Wolf will point out mistakes that you have made, show your ideas for strategy based on the board you are playing as we as teaching you how to play chess.

It is an all-around practical guide to learning a great foundation in a game that is notoriously difficult to learn and execute at times.

Available: Android and iOS platforms.

Number 1:-


The app that has to win number one for me in this list is It really is the best chess app around except having an actual board to play on. It has everything you could need to learn and play chess.

This app has hundreds of different strategies that you can learn in the form of lessons on the app, which beats the way I learned to play chess for sure.

This app allows you to actually play a simple chess match, though there’s actually a lot more to it than first glance. It introduces you to concepts of chess as well as strategies. Some of the features in this app include

  • Playing live/ daily chess matches against a community of 70 million people.
  • Making friends with chess nerds like me, and you now.
  • Read chess articles online.
  • Learning actual recognised strategies and lessons of chess.
  • You can watch instructional videos.
  • Improve your tactics.
  • Play any of the 150k puzzles there are on the app.

So if you want to learn chess then this app really is for you. It’s free, but there is also a premium version available – however, it is not required for you to use the app. So, it’s definitely worth downloading the free version and seeing how you get on.

Available: Android and iOS platforms.


In conclusion, there are a plethora of chess game apps available online now., Social Chess and Dr Wolf make our top 3 as they incorporate different aspects that are useful in learning how to play chess.

They all make the game fun in different ways and have a range of teachings across them that let you learn no matter what level you are at when it comes to playing chess.

If you fancy learning the game is for all-rounders, if you want a more personalised experience of learning then check out Dr. Wolf because you have a guide to teach you how to play and it feels more personal.

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An avid gamer, historian and all-round literature buff, Tracy is our go-to when it comes to using different devices. MacOS, iOS, Android, Windows, Linux or whatever else, Tracy's got a device that runs it (she's even got an old Blackberry laying around somewhere!).

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