iPad, is there a good chess app ?

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iPad, is there a good chess app ?

Post by Lion » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:33 pm

Hi all,

What I am looking for, is one that has :

- Strong chess level (comparable to Pocket Fritz 4)
- Possibility to create subvariations when analysing

Also it would be just magic if ChessBase would have the playchess server accessible from Mac/Ipad.


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Re: iPad, is there a good chess app ?

Post by govert » Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:21 am

Shredder has an iPad version.

Don't know if it meets your specs though.


Re: iPad, is there a good chess app ?

Post by Highendman » Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:13 pm

Shredder on the iPad is very nice.
Meets your first but not second requirement though.

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Re: iPad, is there a good chess app ?

Post by Cubeman » Sat Aug 07, 2010 2:38 am

Chessbase is missing out on serious subscription revenue because a lack of GUI for mobile devices, I now play all my internet games from my WM powered mobile phone either while out and about or thru local Wi-Fi connection when at home.ICC and FICS have many devices/ applications which give user access to online chess and my main app is PocketGM.
As I understand it Stan Tskrov who developed PocketFritz3 and 4 was planning a GUI release some time in 2010 which would allow online chess for portable devices.I see that there is room for improvement from the current apps that allow this, such as premove, variants like FRC or bughouse, loser.
Won't some of the current apps that work on iphone still work on the ipad?

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Post by sje » Sat Aug 07, 2010 11:07 am

If it works for the iPhone, it should work on the iPad.

See: http://www.glaurungchess.com/

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Re: Glaurung

Post by shiv » Sat Aug 07, 2010 10:30 pm

Yes, if something works on the iphone it will on the ipad. However, it does not look visually appealing at all. If you want the app to fill up more space than on the iphone, the ipad allows you the option of a 2x view (an effective doubling of the iphone image), which really looks ugly.

I recall a email conversation with Tord, where he was telling me that variation support is hard to add to a chess app and still maintain apple's simple UI guidelines. Apparently, Apple does not permit apps which have too complex a UI. His opinion was that adding variation support will likely fail Apple. The fact that no chess app supports variations on the app store is a surprisingly relevant fact.

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