Read interactive chess ebooks on your iPad or iPhone! Titles currently available include Silman's Complete Endgame Course (Jeremy Silman), Streetfighting Chess (Burnett), Lessons in Chess Strategy (Beim), Exploration in Chess Beauty (Toth), and Aptekar’s Art of Chess trilogy. A free copy of Chess Fundamentals (Capablanca) is provided.

As a chess enthusiast, you know there are many situations that would be improved by a good chess book – but only a Grandmaster could read one without a chess set. Until now. This app gives you book and set, so you can read great chess literature anywhere, any time, without skipping over the long lines and subvariations.

Chess books, by their very nature, are more than just text. With this app, chess books can be everything they were meant to be.

● Read real, full-length chess books, without setting up one board for the main line and another for the variations (as recommended by various authors).
● Highlight important information.
● Add notes into pages.
● Solve puzzles – move the pieces around to see if your solution looks good. Tap the Solution button to see the answer. No need to rummage through the back of the book to check the solutions, and no danger of accidentally seeing the solution to the next puzzle while you’re checking the previous one.
● Ponder continuations – think about the position before tapping the Reveal button to see how the game proceeded (and whether the players chose the correct continuations).
● Study endings – play out the long solutions of endgame puzzles effortlessly, and get a proper feel for the technique involved.
● Tap on moves directly, or use the buttons under the live board to follow the main line, or to follow through moves as they appear in the text (main lines and variations).
● Tap on any diagram in the text to set it up on the live board.
● Change the text size, and the size of the diagrams in the text.
● Easy navigation through the book, by Contents, or Player, or Opening.
● Lookup words in a dictionary.
● The book remembers where you stopped reading and opens at that page for you.
● Read chess books on the train, on the bus, in the air, or while waiting interminably between any two modes of transport.
● Continue reading without worrying that the table will be cleared of your chess set for dinner, or that the cat will decide to sleep on the center squares, or that the kids will make off with it to use as an alien zoo.
● Have you really played through as many of the famous old classics as you would like? Take a chess classic to the armchair; relax and enjoy the fantastic variations, and the comments of the all-time greats.
● Build up a library of new books, great classics, and everything in-between.
● Enjoy chess books in any spare moment. Coffee and Capablanca? Muffin and Morphy? No problem. Tall skinny latte and Lasker, any time.
● Take your whole chess library on holiday – Botvinnik by the beach.
● Read chess books in the gym.
● Where else? Join us on our e+Blog and tell us where you read our chess books!

Best (we think) on the iPad, but works great on the iPhone and iPod touch.

What's New

Version 1.6.4

Fixed issue preventing access to the ePlus Bookstore

Ratings and Reviews

3 out of 5

6 Ratings

6 Ratings

After 25 years, I finished ‘My System’


25 years ago, I bought the paperback version of Nimzowitsch’s “My System”. Old school Descriptive Notation. I was new to chess, and i managed to read through a little of it, but it was just too much to go through the whole book page by page and juggle a chessboard and setup positions. I played several years at a big city chess club and felt like my rating I hit a wall only sticking to tactic books that were easier to consume. Then I came across this reader 2 months ago and decided to give it a try. Today, I am almost finished reading through Sherwood’s new translation of “My System”. I kept the old tattered paperback and referenced back to track my progress through it and found the new translation very consistent. Being able to read and have the interactive diagram follow the text while working through the material has opened a new door for me. I want to thank the app maker and the author for allowing me to work through these books with some efficiency. This has made a huge difference in my enjoyment of chess. If you are like me and have a life, wife, kids and career, but you need a better method than old-school book n board, then this is an excellent way to go. No more sitting in front of a computer screen at my desk either, the iPad and ebooks have finally made learning advanced chess material fun and rewarding!

Back and Better than ever


After a long wait for both the programmers changing the server name that killed this app, it is back up and running very smoothly. Glad to see this as it is my favorite for reading chess books when I'm mobile. Thanks Helen!



I bought this app in iPhone and try to load to my iPad. Unfortunately I could not see the book in iPad. The book is also not cheap since I also bought real book on that. Hope u could make sure it work for different Apple device


Seller Limited
13 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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In-App Purchases
  1. Silman's Complete Endgame Course $17.99
  2. Improve Your Chess Tactics $14.99
  3. The Power of Tactics $9.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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