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Top Free Android Chess Software

Top Free Android Chess Software

Chess is a recreational and competitive board game played between two players. It is one of the most popular games in the world, played by millions across the world, in clubs, by correspondence, in tournaments, and increasingly over the internet.

Chess has the virtue of being suitable for people of all ages. It has many positive benefits helping players to improve their mental abilities such as problem solving, concentration, critical thinking, pattern recognition, creativity, strategic planning, and much more. Of course, chess is also great fun to play and highly addictive with the internet making it a very inexpensive hobby. Chess is fairly quick to learn but can take a lifetime to master (at least it seems that way).

There is a good range of free chess software available to download on the Android Market. As you might expect, the majority of this software does not merit downloading often because the software has limited functionality or is buggy. The purpose of this article is to identify chess apps which are definitely worth investigating. The scope of this article is not limited to standard chess clients. We also have included software which lets you play chess variants, as well as covering the finest chess utilities. All of the software is available to download at no charge, and some of the apps are released under open source licenses.

If you are interested in commercial chess applications for the Android platform, we would suggest that you check out Shredder Chess and Chess at ICC in the Android Market. The former is an extremely popular chess program, winner of the computer chess world champion on 13 occasions. Nevertheless, for most chess enthusiasts, the free DroidFish is a worthy competitor. Chess at ICC is an official frontend for the Internet Chess Club, widely considered the best place to play online chess.

So, let's explore the 8 chess applications at hand. For each application we have compiled its own portal page, providing screenshots of the software in action, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources and reviews. In our view, DroidFish is the runaway winner for the Android platform, standing head and shoulders above other free chess applications.

Chess Software
DroidFish Port of the famous and very strong Stockfish chess engine
Chess Good range of features including support for the Universal Chess Interface
iChess for Android Aids the development of chess tactics and general gameplay
Scid on the go Browser for Scid chess database files
Chess Cloid Chess clock supporting five types of time control including Fischer and Bronstein
HD Chinese Chess  Implementation of Chinese Chess (Xiangqi)
Chess for Android Chess application with move coach and choice of board colors and pieces
Genesis Chess Fast-paced highly strategic chess variant

Return to our collection of Android Group Tests, identifying the finest free Android software. Readers may also be interested in our comprehensive collection of Linux Group Tests.

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Last Updated Wednesday, September 25 2013 @ 03:15 PM EDT


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