Chess, For Two. Play chess with a friend, right in iMessage on your iPhone or iPad. No setup, no account, no sign-on, no ads. One tap and you're playing.


‣ Challenge a friend to a new game, right from an existing conversation.
‣ Play without leaving iMessage.
‣ Continue your conversation between each move. Send messages, emoji, and stickers. Talk smack!
‣ Chess42 highlights legal moves for each piece, helping beginner players.
‣ VoiceOver support to assist vision-impaired players.
‣ Fast, easy and fun.
‣ No signup, no setup, no ads, no additional purchases required.
‣ Both iPhone and iPad supported with same download. Buy once and play on all of your devices.

Start playing chess with your friends today!

What’s New

Version 1.9

‣ Improved chess piece design on iOS 12.1 and later.

Ratings and Reviews

1.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Bryce Neal ,

Requires 2 purchases

Be aware that your friend also needs to purchase this app for it to work! This should really be clearly laid out upfront. I’m going to ask for a refund as a result.

MWinward ,

Suggestion for improvement

I actually like this app better than the other all on the message store right now. I like how it tells you the last move you made by board position, it really helps you learn the system.
It would be nice if there was a way to play the game by calling board positions and have the computer act as a moderator for moves. So if I called D1-H5 as the first move for white, it would tell me "you can't do that because there's a pawn in the way!" The computer could also act as an aid by letting you "cheat" persay and look at the board when you get lost.
For the second idea, I love chess, but I would like a way to pick up from a physical game where I left off. There needs to be a way to set up a board from scratch. This would also allow people to make 'thought problems' for friends to solve like "see if you can checkmate in two" kind of things.

Mark__B ,

Win Notification

I put my friend in check mate. The app does not let me know I won. It lets my fiend know I won. There should be feedback letting me know i won. Revised.. took a little time but eventually let me know I won


Handheld Designer, LLC
2.6 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018, Handheld Designer, LLC


  • Family Sharing

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

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