On World Chess Day, the world looks at the classic tactics. Aspiring grandmasters can use these smartphone apps to work on their game.
‘This is what chess is about: one day you teach your opponent a lesson, the next he teaches you one,’ chess legend Bobby Fischer once said. So that the lessons are not too hearty, players of all grades can practice with smartphone apps. These are the best.
‘Play Magnus – Play Magnus’
Today’s chess icon is called Magnus Carlsen. The Norwegian has been world champion without interruption since 2013. Carlsen was a 13-year-old chess grandmaster back in 2004. How good that the ‘Play Magnus’ app makes it possible, for example, to compete against five-year-old Magnus. If you prefer to get tips from the world champion in certain situations and hone your game, you can do so with the app. ‘Play Magnus’ is for Android and ios available and receives other chess grandmasters ready to be unlocked, including Bobby Fischer or Judit Polgar.
The classic among chess apps for smartphones is for Android and ios available ‘Chess Free’. The application contains twelve levels of difficulty, a handicap for the white side is also an option. In order to be able to learn the game better, the ‘Show CPU Thinking’ mode is integrated, which shows which move the artificial intelligence would have chosen instead of the player. A tutor is also part of the app, as is the ability to play against friends online. On top of that, the free application rates your own performance on the international Elo rating scale.
The application ‘Shredder Chess’ by the German developer Stefan Meyer-Krahlen is not free, but one of the best chess apps on the market. He has been working on his chess computer since 1993, the 13th version of his application appeared in 2016, with which he has also been able to take part in international tournaments over the years and even win some. ‘Shredder’ is for Android and ios available and has integrated all options that one would want from a modern chess application. An exclusive feature is the ‘Triple Brain’ mode: two different but powerful engines suggest a move, a third ‘brain’ integrated into the app then decides on the basis of a rating scale which move it will choose.