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Handy Chess Online

By Sergey Shapovalov

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HandyChess Online Chess is a simple yet powerful iPhone and iPod Touch online chess client. It is designed to be handy for both novices and experienced chess players, it usually takes just three taps to start a new chess game. HandyChess is focused on making things simple, but no simpler than an experienced chess player needs.

HandyChess uses FICS - Free Internet Chess Server ( This is the most popular chess server in the Internet with more than 310,000 registered users and at almost any given time more than 1000 people online ready to play with you. There is no problem to find an opponent of your desired level in seconds.

When you seek an opponent, HandyChess gives the option to resume any paused games, then looks for other users that meet your formula.

- Only online play, no computer opponents
- Carefully crafted chessboard that looks like a natural wooden chessboard
- Clear chess pieces based on the Traveller Standard chess font
- Easy one-tap connection to chess server
- Fast and simple game seek mode (two taps in most cases)
- Ability to challenge your friends and accept their challenges
- Name, time, last move and rating is always on screen when playing
- Rematch support, automatic challenge to last opponent with the same settings
- Options to abort and adjourn games, automatic resume of adjourned games
- Option to show legal chess moves
- Simple FICS registration link

HandyChess is based on the powerful Cocos2D graphics library by Ricardo Quesada.

Please contact us if there are suggestions, improvements requests or stability issues, our email is

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Customer Reviews

Solid, reliable

It has its flaws but it is the only FICS-compatible app that I know of that is even remotely reliable (all the others crash and disconnect regularly sending your rank plummeting). Throw in the fact it is free and it is pretty awesome.

Superb FICS Client

Handy Chess is a superb client for playing on the Free Internet Chess Server. It doesn't have every feature of a desktop client, but for playing basic blitz games it gets it right by keeping it simple and having nice chess pieces!

Very good app!

Even if this cost, it would still get a good rating from me.

Nothing real fancy but it gives a fast and stable connection to the FICS site,where you can concentrate on your game. See you there!

Handy Chess Online
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  • Free
  • Category: Games
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 2.4 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller:

Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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