I play chess very infrequently. Whenever I restart, I take a bit of time to get up to speed. Which chess playing apps are best for a beginner? I would prefer apps that scale up in diifficulty according to a player's skill.

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    either I miserably humiliate the AI, or it humiliates me... I stopped trying to find a balanced AI years ago, now I play online chess
    – ajax333221
    Aug 18, 2012 at 23:19

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Back in the day, I found Chessmaster to be very beginner friendly, with a variety of AIs to choose from. It also had some instructional segments included, which were good at the time.

Now I lose against Stockfish whenever I'm looking for a good beating. I don't think it's very good for beginners, even if you constrain its skill quite a bit.


Shredder is an awesome Chess Program. If you have an IPhone or Android Shredder is present and if you want for Computer along with Shredder you can use Fritz also. I personally like both of them.


If you have a Microsoft Windows-based PC or laptop then there is no problem. They provide a very good chess game with different skill levels and appearances.

  • Thanks for the answer. I guess one needs to choose that at the time of install. My current installation doesn't appear to have it. Any other recommendations? Aug 16, 2012 at 9:10

If you want to improve your skills, maybe gamezer.com is useful. It's not an app, but a website you can visit with an iphone, ipod, or whatever smartphone. It also provides skill levels.

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