Learn Chess! with Maurice Ashley
By Mobile MATCH, LLC
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Want to learn to play chess well in ten minutes a day, and have
fun doing it? Grandmaster Maurice Ashley, the most popular chess
commentator in the world, brings his award-winning teaching methods
to the iPhone.
Maurice’s unique approach isolates, teaches, and trains for the
individual skills that the game requires. Perfect your use of each piece,
one at a time, as you learn to visualize the chessboard… and forget
trying to learn a bunch of rules at once, only to make frustrating simple
Maurice narrates 20 lessons designed to give the beginner a strong
grounding in the basic rules and strategy about such topics as
Openings, the Center and Material Value. But the core of his special
method is the Skillbuilder section, where your abilities will grow so that
good moves will come almost automatically.
When you’re not taking lessons or working on your skills, you can
always test yourself in the puzzle section, with over 160 checkmate
puzzles ranging from Easy to Difficult. Or, if you’re up for a game,
there are three levels of play designed to give the growing learner
a chance to practice techniques against a reasonable opponent.
1. The Board
2. The Rook
3. The Bishop
4. The Queen
5. The Knight
6. The King
7. The Pawn
10. Stalemate and Other Draws
11. The Center
12. The Opening
13. The Scholar’s Mate
14. Material Value
16. After the Opening
17. Basic Checkmate – Queen and Rook
18. Basic Checkmate – Queen and King
19. The TRIP Method of Defense
20. Passed Pawns
Hundreds of practice puzzles follow the lessons to help the learner
perfect each principle.
Skill Builders are fun activities in and of themselves. Beware of the Hard
level. Maurice designed these to be super-challenging, even for him!
1. Pawn Mower
6. Mate is Fate
7. Invisible Piece
8. Square Biz
9. Knight Concentration
A Help icon (?) gives an explanation at any point during an activity.
What's New in Version 1.1.2
Fixed audio issue under iOS 6
Professionally done app
Well done, very professional looking app. I did not have a sound issue in iOS6 (however, it would sometimes close "by itself" but not enough to be annoying). The video lessons with Maurice are somewhat short, but well done, and then after each lesson there are fun (and sometimes very challenging) games. Only one complaint is that I do wish there were more examples in the videos. Because there are not so many examples, doing some of the medium to hard exercises would be rather difficult for a "true" beginner (someone who knows nothing about chess and is trying to learn chess alone from this app). A true beginner would have to supplement the app with other sources like a basics tactics app. However, with this said, one can tell that a lot of time and effort went into producing this app and for $2.99 it's in my opinion worh it.
Really good, but
But I recommend you add an in game way to recommend improvements. Also o recommend making the dialog boxes transparent so I can see the board and pieces under them, this way when I finish a mini lesson, I feel good about your encouraging "you did it" message, but I can also let what I did sink in a bit.
Great learning tool
This is a great app for people wanting to learn chess. Lots of informative lessons with effective skill building exercises. I was stuck on one of the puzzles and Maurice Ashley responded to my tweet! If you are reading this, get this app!