Stockfish is a powerful chess analysis app. Play two-player games on the beautiful chess board, or get instant accurate analysis of any game. Stockfish will tell you who's winning and calculate the best move.
INTERACTIVE, IMMERSIVE BOARD
Stockfish has a gorgeous board that looks fantastic on Retina Displays. It's full of nice touches: when you click or drag a piece, its destination squares are highlighted in yellow, and the best move is shown with a red arrow. Plus, you can go full screen for the most immersive chess experience.
TOP-NOTCH CHESS ANALYSIS
Analysis is powered by the Stockfish chess engine, the strongest free chess engine in the world. You're getting top-notch analysis that surpasses the strongest human chess grandmasters.
Stockfish has many enhancements for advanced users. You can browse through multi-game PGN files, copy and paste FEN strings, utilize Syzygy endgame tablebases, and use MultiPV.
FREE AND OPEN SOURCE
Stockfish is completely free, and the source code is available on our website (stockfishchess.org) under the GPLv3 license.
- Support for Dark Mode in macOS Mojave
- Updated engine to Stockfish 10 (about 50 ELO stronger than Stockfish 9)
- "New from Clipboard" option added in File menu to directly open a FEN or PGN from the clipboard (thanks Ewan Mellor!)
- Fixed crash when attempting to view About screen
Ratings and Reviews
Typical for game apps on the App store. A basic engine that crashes often and has no functionality. If all you need is stripped down chess engine with absolutely no bells or whistles, I guess you will be happy with this app. But I am used to running many high end 64 bit engines on multi-core liquid cooled overclocked CPU’s on Windows machines, so my expectations are a little different. Mac OS is great for some things, just not chess (or virtually any other game).
Stockfish is the most powerful free chess-playing software. That’s the good news. The bad news is that on my iPad it routinely crashes and doesn’t allow you to annotate your games or to save analyses. That said, I use it to quickly check the solutions to chess puzzles and to play a quick game.
Really enjoying the spare interface.
Fast positional-thinking. The only thing I’d add is a legend to explain the various symbols (+ - <>), accessible from one of the pull-down menus (no need to clutter the wonderfully spare interface).
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.