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SmallChess is a high quality and brilliantly presented chess playing app for iOS. It's suitable for everyone: from beginners to the world champion. You'll improve your chess with a very strong chess engine (ELO 3000+). An ultimate chess master in your pocket!

Improve your chess with our innovative guess-the-move. You'll partner with Magnus Carlsen and Bobby Fischer! You'll also meet Jose Raul Capablanca, Judit Polgar, Garry Kasparov and more!

You can share your chess games with Twitter, Facebook and SMS!

SmallChess is your best compatriot and trainer.

Key features

- Play against the computer or yourself
- Play against ELO rating from 500 to 3000!
- Play online chess with FICS
- Tablebase database
- Opening database
- Save and load PGN games. You can also import games from Safari and emails.
- Support PGN variations and annotations
- A massive chess database, played by some of the best chess players in history
- Annotated chess games
- Nine coaching styles, it's totally amazing!
- Save your favourite chess positions to iPhoto or our in-app chess album!
- Share your favourite chess positions with SMS, Email, Twitter and Facebook!
- 10+ visual themes and 30+ sound effects
- Use guess-the-move training to improve your chess. You'll partner with Magnus Carlsen and Bobby Fischer against some of the strongest chess grandmasters.
- Analyse your games with our world-class chess engine
- Chess cartoons, trivia, puzzles, quizzes, and more!
- Chess puzzles: Think Like A Grandmaster and Maths Genius.
- Beauty of Chess.
- Interactive chess experience.

App Support:

If you ever have a problem with the app or you have a suggestion, please write an email to us. Alternatively, follow us on Facebook or Twitter. You can find our contact details on our website. We answer all enquiries promptly.

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Small is Power. You'll be surprised.

What's New

Version 12.9.8

Fixed fantasy chess pieces

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5

16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Very good


This is very good chess to play. Good job, app developer. I have a question. Why Syzygy Chess needed a lot of storage?

Developer Response

Because the database files are big.

Suggestions for SmallChess


After looking at the app, it appears to be better than Stockfish and any other chess apps I've found in most ways. It has the largest amount of options, which I love, and it has a great looking and customizable GUI (something I rarely see). However, there are some suggestions that I think would make the app better than Stockfish in EVERY way. A more flexible board should be implemented, where you wouldn't be limited to playing just one side or both sides, in Stockfish it is easy to switch between sides with ease, having the engine play as white, then black, etc. Also, I believe another playing style after "aggressive" should be implemented, one even far more aggressive like "suicidal". If possible, it would be great if it truly played speculative sacrifices and crazy, almost unplayable gambits like any suicidal modes should, but don't. If these were to be implemented, I would definitely buy the full version! Thank you.

From; Alex



This app is great for training on FICS! It makes using the training bots very easy to utilize. At current, I don't know of any other ios chess apps that can. I used to have one, but for some reason, it went away. I've been looking for some time and was happy to find this.
The interface is very slick and user friendly. Has options for playing against other players or locally against computer, (computer kinda buggy, couldn't recognize repeat draw, hung several times). Playing FICS was easy, options for time and variations, observing.
I would,ve given this 5 stars if the save to pgn worked correctly, its buggy, please fix. And the other thing I don't really care for how the chess pieces look, wish they had an option for different style pieces. But I think definitely worth the price, considering all the options and variations built in!


Ted Wong
128.3 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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