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 2.89

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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

App-mazing Chess!

Spike Spiegel

Challenging chess play at it finest!
I love all of the customization options, from pieces and boards, also the difficulty settings too. Chess is a true test of one's mental ability to problem solve and outmaneuver their opponents, and it is so rewarding to play and win against such an intuitive computer opponent. For a cleaner interface, simply turn you device 90 degrees and you'll have a view of just the board and pieces, and new timers have been added recently to give players that added challenge they've been looking for.
Definitely a must-own Chess app!!
One thing I'm still unsure of is why Kings are placed on their like color instead of the Queens? I've always been taught that the Queens go on their corresponding color.

Use it on iPad is great but....


Wish to have this Chess Deluxe on my laptop WITH NOW UPGRADE SIERRA cuz it has no longer update for it and no longer use this game for laptop but only now for iPhone and iPad. I noticed that my Apple Store has no longer have it and yet I still have it on the list in my Apple Store. I would like to have it back to my laptop again please? With now new Sierra, it refused open few times over finally trashed it.... sigh want that back and if u do please update it for Sierra. I love this chess! For now I still have it on my iMac cuz I have not yet upgrades Sierra so not want to lose this chess till u get back again! Cannot use it in my laptop due to Sierra so using it on iPad is great!

Feeling like I wasted $9.99 on this app.


I don’t see any options for selecting training modes, online games, or whatever. The only menu shows an option to save the game, load a game, or start a new one...and whether a I want to play as black or white.

I tried going to their website but was required to register a user name. Hey guys...have you EVER heard that some people are colored blind??? Your required entry of letters from your box is totally unreadable in the color combinations you’re using. So, no support for me on an App that doesn’t show how to access the features offered.


Mastersoft Ltd
70 MB
Requires iOS 8.1 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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