Mastersoft Chess has one of the World's best Desktop PC chess engines crammed inside! It will accurately monitor your gameplay and rate your ELO! This engine finished 4th in the World Microcomputer Chess Championships and is not available in any other iPhone chess game. Designed by chess champions to play like a human opponent, Mastersoft Chess will take you from Novice to Grandmaster level! Features stunning high resolution sets by renowned Chess designers.

Easy to play but difficult to beat, this is pick up and play chess at its best!

The #1 Best Selling Chess App for iOS*


"I bought all chess applications for iPhone and this one is probably better than many $7-9 applications. Check TEST ALL. 66 chess applications at only ONE page in the World ..."

"It truly is close to flawless and is by far the best mobile Chess game I have played on any platform."
- PDA 247.


Choice Strategy Game of the Year
Smartphone Magazine runner up.

Various levels, board styles and breathtaking Retina Display chess sets combine with an outstanding World beating chess engine to offer you a great playing experience and an ever increasing challenge.

Whether you're just starting out or else a seasoned pro, Mastersoft Chess has something for you!


Hint facility.
Built in coach to monitor your progress.
Training mode to improve your game with adjustable threats and suggestions.
Training levels that dumb down your iPhone / iPod Touch.
Take back a move if you change your mind!
Your iPhone/iPod Touch checks that your moves are allowed.
Simple intuitive uncluttered interface that lets you concentrate on your game.
NB If you are new to Chess then please ensure that the coach is turned on in options and that the lowest difficulty level is selected.


Several modes of play including "Rated" and "Training".
An engine that came 4th in the World Micro-computer Chess Championships!
A unique engine unlike any other - plays interesting and sometimes quite aggressive chess.
Designed to play like a human opponent - right up to Grandmaster level!
Opening Book of over 23000 moves!
100% Full Chess rules including enpassant, castling etc.
Thought analysis (main line, depth and score).
Setup position (including castling rights, enpassant and side to move)
Move forward / backward to any point in the current game.
Includes Standard Chess Book Sets in addition to the realistic ones.
In depth statistics.
ELO rating system.
100 levels of increasing difficulty.


Huge collection of stunning high resolution chess sets in both 2D and 3D. Makes the most of Retina Display!
Boards constructed from the real thing - Oak, Ash, Marble, Slate and more!
Save and load games.
Realistic sound effects.
Adjustable piece movement animation.
Auto-saving of your current game.
Great for novices but will grow with you and still offer a challenge at Championship level.
Universal App. Play on your iPod, iPhone and iPad. No additional purchase necessary.
Great value!

*Source: US App Store 2011.

What's New

Version 2.92

New Coach, online play, 100 graded levels, new sets, new boards, improved engine, universal app, retina artwork for iPhone and more! Voted No1 best Chess app!

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

4.3K Ratings

4.3K Ratings

Excellent board


I've played chess for fifty years. Not very well I'm afraid. I've played classic boards, automated boards and app boards. App boards are by far my favorite. So convenient and versatile! This app is my favorite. First, I like the way it "plays". I'm actually slowly becoming a better player! For me the board is intuitive to use and helpful. The many boards and pieces to choose from is a nice touch. I also sometimes save games to play later. The menu bars cover everything I ever want to do and the fonts are very nicely done.

The best chess board I have ever owned! Period.

The board is actually bad

Exec Engineer

Contrary to the other reviewer, the way I see it the chess pieces are just too fancy. To be fair I played the game on an iPhone 7 screen. I played several games, and tried all the designs of the boards and pieces. I found them too "confusing". The best board for me should have been just white and green. This app doesn't have it. With regards to style of pieces, the art was actually excessive. They all add to confusion. I delete the app after several tries. Really not for me. I could not concentrate on the real art of chess play with the app's artwork getting in the way. Not all good art is good to everyone. Stick to the old simple artwork, perhaps.

Developer Response

Hello, there is a white and green board. We're sorry you couldn't find it. With 5000+ chess skins we're surprised you coouldn't find one that you liked. There is everything from plain to artistic.

Chess tactics

F&$K you and your nickname

Great app really enjoy the app,I only have two critiques one is sometimes in the middle of a game it will kick you out, and two the hints are great it doesn’t give a option of explaining the strategy of the hints.


Mastersoft Ltd
86.9 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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