Add some competition to your conversations with Checkmate! Play chess against family and friends in Messages!

Simply start a conversation with someone, select the Checkmate! app and tap “New Match” to begin. You can play multiple matches with other people at the same time - even across all your devices!

What are you waiting for? It's time to choose your opponent, make your move and play Checkmate!

PLEASE NOTE: To enable and play Checkmate please follow instructions at iOS 11 must fully be installed before sending or receiving a move. Enabling and disabling (installing/uninstalling) the game is done via the App Store for iMessage. If you have any questions please send us an email at and we'll do our best to help. Thanks!

What's New

Version 1.4

iOS 11, iPhone X support and a new Classic theme! And... now see the latest move within each message bubble! Also a few bug fixes and improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
187 Ratings
187 Ratings

Editors’ Notes

We use iMessage for everything from keeping up with family news to sending stickers to our significant others. Sometimes, though, we just want to duke it out with knights and kings on the chessboard. What makes Checkmate so great—aside from its super-intuitive interface—is the way we can chat with (and smack-talk) as we play...or take as much time as we need to contemplate our next move.

Great idea, good implementation


My only complaint is that I don't have very many people that want to play against me, but that's not the developer's fault. I won't compare this other chess apps I own (because it would be a dumb comparison) but I like the idea of casual games played via messaging. I'm continually amazed at the creativity of iOS developers and what they can concoct and this iMessage application doesn't disappoint in that regard.

I'm really only adding this review to counteract all the 1-star review people that apparently never passed elementary school reading curriculum and don't understand how their smartphone works. Keep on keeping on developers! I look forward to seeing what you deliver to us in the future.

Great Chess App. Convenient. It's in iMessage

Pokemon - Like

I like the app and I myself love chess and have been playing it and have been in a chess club. I think it's a great way to play chess with people who don't want to download any real time and data consuming apps. So to all the people who are saying it's collecting data etc. it's not, it's an extension in iMessage just like the Gif extension and music extension. So it should not be on the home screen but should be in the iMessage. It's a good concept because you can send the game and get notified when each other move. (P.S. you can tell it goes to iMessage because of the way the image of the application looks, unlike a regular app as a curved square it's a curved rectangle.


BorderLeap, LLC
52.6 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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