#1 Chess Client
I highly recommend this game to anyone interested in playing chess online - it's the #1 FICS client for the iPhone by far.
A Dream Come True!
I’ve tried every chess app available for iPhone and, for online play, nothing else is anywhere near the league that this chess app is in.
Other iPhone chess apps let you play against a strong computer opponent. This can be fun, but nothing compares to playing against a real person. Magnus’s Online Chess is the best way to play multiplayer chess on the iPhone.
The iPhone is the perfect device for multi-player chess, because you can play in real-time, anywhere, over Wifi, 3G or Edge. This is how chess was meant to be played.
Most multiplayer iPhone chess apps connect to people with the same app. But Magnus's Online Chess is different. It connects to the Free Internet Chess Server (FICS).
FICS is one of the most popular chess servers on the planet. There are over 300,000 registered users, and there are normally over 1000 people online, any time of the day.
This means we can guarantee there's always someone for you to play. And with so many opponents to choose from, it's never a problem finding someone at the right skill level for you.
We've developed an innovative game browser which makes finding the right opponent easy.
If you're a beginner, you can play other people at your level who make the kinds of mistakes only a human can. If you're a bit more advanced, you can chat about opening theory or strategy while you play people on your level.
And if you want a real challenge, forget strong computer opponents, challenge one of the real human masters who play on FICS every day. There are many IMs, Grandmasters etc. who are regularly online, and it's easy to browse the players online by rating.
If you still prefer playing computer opponents, no problem. There are always AI opponents connected to FICS, at all playing strengths (up to master level).
Since these are running on full desktop computers connected to the net, they're typically much stronger than the computer opponents in an iPhone app could possibly be.
We've made it easy to tell which players are human and which are computers, so you only end up playing who you want.
When you sign up with FICS, you're given a rating. As you play rated games on the server, FICS keeps track of your wins and losses.
We've made it super easy to keep track of how you compare to other players, by turning your rating into a percentage rank. It's awesome seeing your rank increase as you improve, and it also lets you make sure you're challenging people at the right level for you.
And if you feel like taking it easy, there are always plenty of people playing unrated games which don't affect your score.
You can play a quick 3 or 5 minute game if you like fast chess or you're short on time. Or settle in for a match of 20, 30 or 60 minutes (or more). There are always players looking for games of all lengths.
Our interface lets you issue a public challenge with any different time and rating combination you like.
If Apple made a chess app, we think it would look like this. The board and pieces have been drawn from scratch to be as clear as possible on the iPhone's screen.
Ever had problems with your finger getting in the way when you're playing an iPhone game? We've solved this problem by inventing an innovative interface which zooms in while you're moving a piece. It's the easiest way we've seen to play chess on the iPhone.
There are some great chess apps on the app store. But we think Magnus's Online Chess is the most complete package you can get.
Online Chess $2.99
|Deep Green $7.99||Chess with
|Fritz Chess $6.99||Caissa Chess $3.99|
|Online multiplayer against real people||Yes||No||Yes||No||No|
|Lots of opponents to choose from
(at all skill levels)
|Strong AI opponents||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Keep track of your
rating / ranking
|Simple interface and
*All prices are shown in USD