Chess, the game of kings. However, we think that chess is actually a game of queens. Not only because the queen is chess' most powerful piece but because more and more women get into the game. And for good reason, since they've proven to be exceptionally strong players. Also, women love fair play, probably because they don't need to cheat in order to win. But even in case they lose, they do so with grace. Like queens do.

And so this app is more than a chess app, it's a statement and a call to action to all the girls and women out there: let's play #chess!


When you download this app, you get two apps, an iOS app (that shows up on your home screen) and an iMessage app (that shows up only within iMessage). The iOS app includes the help topics and contact info and might later include other features as well. The iMessage app is the one you need to play chess with a friend.

+ Flip board
+ View move history (SAN)
+ View legal moves for each piece
+ En passant capture possible
+ Queenside and kingside castling possible
+ Resignation possible
+ Draw offer possible
+ 50-move rule enforced
+ Threefold repetition rule enforced
+ Pawn promotion to queen, rook, bishop, knight
+ Undo last move
+ Replay game
+ Move by drag & drop
+ Export position to FEN
+ Export game to PGN

+ Silican Defense
+ French Defense
+ Ruy Lopez Opening
+ Italian Game
+ Caro-Kann Defense
+ Silican Defense: Closed
+ Scandinavian Defense
+ Pirc Defense
+ Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation
+ Alekhine Defense
+ King's Gambit
+ Scotch Game
+ Queen's Gambit
+ Slav Defense
+ King's Indian Defense
+ Nimzo-Indian Defense
+ Queen's Indian Defense
+ Bogo-Indian Defense
+ Gruenfeld Defense
+ Dutch Defense
+ Trompowsky Attack
+ Benko Gambit
+ Queen's Pawn Opening: London System
+ Benoni Defense: Modern Variation
+ Catalan Opening
+ Reti Opening
+ English Opening
+ Bird's Opening
+ King's Indian Attack
+ Hungarian Opening
+ Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack
+ Polish Opening
+ Grob Opening

1) Start or open a conversation with a friend in iMessage
2) Tap the app icon in the bottom bar
3) Tap `New Game`

1) Tap the message bubble to view the game.
2) If you have the turn, select any of your pieces to see all legal moves for that piece.
3) Tap any highlighted destination square to determine the move.
4) Tap `Move` to finish the move and send it to your opponent.
5) Or drag & drop the piece to the destination square.

1) Tap the message bubble to view the game.
2) If you have the turn, determine a move first.
3) Then tap `Game` and select `Send Draw Offer`
4) Your opponent can accept or decline your offer.

1) Tap the message bubble to view the game.
2) When asked, tap `Accept` to draw the game.
3) Or tap `Decline` and continue the game by making the next move.

1) Tap the message bubble to view the game.
2) If you have the turn, tap `Game` and select `Send Resignation` to end the game by resignation.

W: white player
B: black player
Q: queenside castling ability still available
K: kingside castling ability still available
Left number: half-move clock
Right number: full move number

1) Tap the message bubble to view the game.
2) Tap `Game` and select `Share Position (FEN)` to share the current position via email or otherwise.

1) Tap the message bubble to view the game.
2) Tap `Game` and select `Share Game (PGN)` to share the game via email or otherwise.

Uninstall the app on your home screen like any other app. The iMessage app will be removed as well.

What’s New

Version 2.8

+ Fixes and improvements
+ New app preview videos
+ New app screenshots
+ Update app metadata

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Landshark21 ,

Good iMessage Chess

It is basic chess over iMessage and it works well. They only item I wish it had was a match history so I knew what my win to lose record was against other opponents.

Developer Response ,

Thank you! We're constantly improving the game and you may find the history feature in a future release. We recently added animated chess openings to the game, which we think is very helpful for everyone who doesn't know exactly how the openings work and wants to learn more about it and dive deeper into the game.


Stefan Hoppe
39.7 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2019 Draco Ex Machina


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