Chess King iOS (iPhone/iPad) Apps
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iOS iPhone & iPad App StoreWe are glad to present to you our new iPhone & iPad chess apps. The first apps below are based on the best courses ever published, and used by tens of thousands of chess students over the course of many years. Now the material has been double checked, improved, and inserted into the very convenient phone interface in a way it can compute your rating. All courses are FREE downloads, you can test yourself on the up to 20% open puzzles in the free version. If you like the interface and the material, it’s easy to upgrade and get hundreds or thousands more puzzles for a very reasonable in-app purchase fee.
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Chess: From Beginners to Club (200-1600)
This teaching program is a kind of guide. It will introduce you to the rules and laws of chess and let you work your way of improvement from the level of Beginner to the one of Club Player. In the course 100 chess topics are considered including rules of chess game; methods of playing in opening, middle game and ending; combinational techniques and basic elements of strategy. All in all, the course contains 500 teaching examples and 700 exercises useful for consolidation of acquired knowledge.
Mate in 1 move (Chess Puzzles) (200-600)
If you are a beginner, you should practice much to mate in one move. This course provides excellent material for this training. The big number of exercises (2500) covers different methods of mating. Many of them is an excellent tool for speed training even for stronger players. This is a rare course that is intended even for players with USCF rating of 600. Even if you only study and solve 10% of the exercises, you will learn a huge number of mating patterns and probably never miss a mate in one again!
Chess Strategy for Beginners (1000-1400)
This course is an interactive tutorial for those unexperienced players, both children and adults, who have already learnt the rules of chess and now wish to become players of intermediate strength. This course covers a wide range of opening, middlegame and endgame subjects. It starts off by teaching you how to checkmate the lone king and proceeds to more advanced topics, such as utilizing a material or positional advantage. This program includes 55 lessons with more than 1200 instructive examples and exercises. This course turns a beginner into an intermediate player!
Chess Tactics Art (1600-1800)
A fundamental course on chess tactics for Club Players. The course contains 240 teaching examples and 340 new exercises useful for consolidation of acquired knowledge. The exercises are classified according to about 30 tactical methods and motifs. This course is in the series Chess King Learn, which is an unprecedented chess teaching method. In the series are included courses in tactics, strategy, openings, middle game, and endgame, split by levels from beginners to experienced players, and even professional players.
Chess Tactics Art (1400-1600)
A fundamental course on chess tactics for Beginners. The course contains 150 teaching examples and 1500 new exercises useful for consolidation of acquired knowledge. The exercises are classified according to more than 30 tactical methods and motifs.
Mate in 3-4 (Chess Puzzles)
This course includes more than 2500 exercises for mating in 3 or 4 moves. You will have to use your fantasy and precise calculation in order to find a correct way of attacking the king. After going through this course you are sure to improve your skills and abilities considerably and will not miss an opportunity to employ a nice little combination in a practical game of your own. The program is intended both for club players and intermediate players. All the exercises are taken from practical games and arranged according to the names of pieces and difficulty levels.
CT-ART. Mating Combinations (1200-1800)
CT-ART. Mating Combinations program is the unique due to two causes: the high quality of the theoretical material and a new technology of giving the studying material, the iBook technology that uses hyperlinks and additional windows for comfortable usage of the studying material. The course is prepared by the famous coach Victor Khenkin.
Chess Tactics in Sicilian Defence (1600-2200)
This course is aimed at club and intermediate players and presents the theory and playing hooks in the most sharp and deciding variations of the Sicilian Defense developing after moves 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6: the Lasker variation, the Paulsen variation, the Labourdonnais variation, the Simagin variation and the Boleslavsky defense.
Chess Tactics in French Defense (1600-2200)
This course is aimed at club and intermediate players and presents the theory and playing hooks in the most sharp and deciding variations of the French Defense developing after moves 1.e4 e6. The course presents a deep theoretical and practical overview of the actual variations, featuring about 130 examples and about 330 exercises to solve. The course will be useful to all chess players employing the French Defense on either white or black sides.
Chess Tactics in Caro-Kann Defence (1600-2200)
This course is aimed at club and intermediate players and presents the theory and playing hooks in the most sharp and deciding variations of the Caro-Kann Defense developing after moves 1.e4 c6. The course presents a deep theoretical and practical overview of the actual variations, featuring about 150 examples and about 350 exercises to solve. The course will be useful to all chess players employing the Caro-Kann Defense on either white or black sides.
Chess Endgame: Beginners-Club
Total Chess Ending course composed by GM Alexander Panchenko. It’s aim is to teach a student the intricacies of the endgame through a theoretical section, which includes over 600 games/lectures, each of them illustrating theoretical and practical endgame methods, and training section, with more than 2400 endgame exercises, classified according to 500 endgame themes. The material written by IM ICCF Alexander Alpert.
Chess World Champions. Bobby Fischer’s Best Games
All 946 games played by the legendary World Champion, 217 of them with commentary. 180 exercises: play like Fischer and play against Fischer.
Chess Middlegame III
Chess Middlegame III course composed by GM Alexander Kalinin is aimed at teaching a student much of the middlegame methods and intricacies through a theoretical section. Openings: Sicilian defense (Closed System and 3. Bb5 var.), Scandinavian defense, Grunfeld defense, Queen’s Gambit Accepted, Reti opening and others.
Chess Middlegame IV
Chess Middlegame IV course composed by GM Alexander Kalinin is aimed at teaching a student much of the middlegame methods and intricacies through a theoretical section. Openings: Two Knights’ defense, Sicilian defense (Richter-Rauzer attack), French defense (3. e5 and 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 variations), Caro-Kann defense (3.e5 var.), English defense etc.
Chess Middlegame V
Chess Middlegame V course composed by GM Alexander Kalinin is aimed at teaching a student much of the middlegame methods and intricacies through a theoretical section which includes over 500 games/lectures each of them illustrating typical plans and methods in the following openings: Petroff defense, Ruy Lopez, Sicilian defense, Queen’s Gambit, and etc. More than 400 exercises for a user to solve, giving refutations of the wrong moves as well as numerous hints to help you find the correct answer.
Chess Combinations Vol. 1
The fundamental chess program for club players. This first part includes more than 1300 exercises (more than 200 examples to explore and 1100 to solve), classified in 40 tactical methods and motifs.
Chess Combinations Vol. 2
The fundamental chess program for club players. This second part includes more than 2600 exercises (more than 400 examples to explore and 2200 to solve), classified in 60 tactical methods and motifs.