Chess Openings Wizard is where tournament players go to work on their openings.
The app is based on the Bookup program that first came out in 1984. It has full editing and training power like its brethren apps on Macintosh and Windows.
Openings can be moved back and forth to the Macintosh and Windows versions using a free Dropbox account.
Chess Openings Wizard does not play chess, nor does it come with a game collection. It is meant for designing openings for White and defenses for Black, and then testing the player on his or her knowledge of the lines by playing mock games.
Sample ebooks are included.
A free chess engine server program can be run on Macintosh or Windows to allow the iPad to use the latest and strongest UCI engines for live analysis. (The iPad and the server must share the same WiFi connection.)
The short version is: if you are designing an opening with either a game database app or with a playing program, you're working too hard. Chess Openings Wizard contains 34 years of refinements, with precisely the tools that a serious tournament player requires to prepare openings fast.
Ratings and Reviews
Very happy with functionality; look & feel needs improvement
I’ve had trouble deciding whether this should be rated four or five stars. The case for five stars is that it does exactly what I need it to do and very well. It’s the ideal coach for someone trying to improve at chess. I’ve bought one of the ebooks and been adding variations to it. I like the training that it offers, and I think it’s helpful that it can access a chess engine running on a Mac or PC and show results.
The case against five stars is that I’m dissatisfied with the overall look and feel. I’ve written to the developer with feedback and suggestions, and I’m encouraged that he’s not trying to defend how it looks. He agrees with the feedback and asked me to watch for future versions that will become more iPad-like; he was concentrating on functionality for this first version.
Want to be A Strong Chess Player?
This app is perfect for studying openings and other aspects of the game. A strong chess player must be good at all stages of the game. Endgames, Middle games, tactics and Openings. Bookup has been improving players chess for a long time. It is very nice to see this app on the iPad. There is no other app like this for the iPad. Yes this app is worth the money. In fact it is a bargain at this price. Buy this app and start improving. I plan to use it to make Master someday. Current rating USCF 2115, FIDE 2101. Thanks to the developer for the great app!!
Bad use of my $34
I will revise this review if I find a way to make this app useful but I am very disappointed in having spent $34 on it.
First, this is a port of an existing PC application and looks like it. Scrolling text opens a dialog box that covers the board that the text talks about. Opening a new “eBook” and simply one touching it wont work you will then need to click ok just like a windows app. The app does not make good use of the viewable area of my iPad Pro.
Second, if you are expecting some prebuilt “eBooks” that will teach you an opening I don’t see that anywhere. The video introducing the app on the web site talks about modifying existing books but not sure how that helps me. It is clear that the developer was able to take a collection of games and create an eBook but I don’t see where to do that.
The 5 star reviews are all from long time existing users and they will already have been using the PC application. The PC application might fill all my needs and this is designed to work with that but as a stand alone app this is a lot of money for what you are getting.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.