Social Chess Is The Best Way To Get Your iCheckmate On [Daily Freebie]

Social Chess Is The Best Way To Get Your iCheckmate On [Daily Freebie]

Let’s face it: Chess is pretty geeky. Then again, so is the iPad (c’mon, it is). Blend the two though, and you’ve got…well, let’s just say that playing chess on an iPad at your local coffee hangout is a Wookie’s fingernail-width less geeky than insert-hyperbolic-geek-stereotype-here.

Who cares though; with its portability, large screen and potential to reach all 600 million chess players around the world, the iPad is the ultimate gadget for playing electronic chess, and the free Social Chess app is the way to play.

As its name probably suggests, Social Chess addresses the social aspect of chess (yes, there is one) better than any other chess app for the iPad — the most important facet of this socialness being the integration of the sophisticated Elo rating system that ranks players based on the value of their wins and losses; for instance, wins against a lower-ranked player would count less than a win against, say, IBM’s Deep Blue. That’s probably the biggest draw, but there’re a lot of other little nuggets that make the app worth checking out. No iPad? No problem — Social Chess works just as well on the iPhone.

  • YourDigitalSpace

    Chess.. that too sociall .. sounds cool :)

  • FriarNurgle

    Is there a chess app that works with Game Center?

  • AlecTheFirst

    Why not Chess with Friends?

  • Michael

    If it’s chess ye be wantin’, ye best be gettin’ it from the app – particularly useful because it allows both “correspondence”-style and real-time play with whatever time-control you prefer.

  • elimilchman

    Chess with Friends doesn’t have an iPad version or Elo rankings. There’re a lot of other little added features that make Social Chess worth checking out too. 

  • Hamrag

    A glorious chess app – very nicely produced and free too! Thanks for bringing it to the attention of us chessnuts

  • Michael app ftw! It supports real-time games AND correspondence-style.

  • Wes

    Tchess, but no ranking system

  • mr orange

    Super good! Best correspondence chess app, is good but you need a payed membership  to skip ads and release all functions.

    So my recommendation is:
    Correspondece – SocialChessLive – iChess PackTactics – TacticsTrainerComputer – ShredderVideo – YouTube

  • Sam Jaques

    I really like this app!!!! It’s amazing and works like a charme.
    I hope it would be possible soon to play it on a Mac too!!

  • masihayeman

    Hello my ID in socialchess is : maria&low 2 days which is not logged in. I refuse not to continue the games, please gueide

  • masihayeman

    I was in a socialchess Whit 2108 Elo my ID is: maria&low and i am play on 8 table games, unfortunately, when re socialchess,ev installed the software, I can not connect, please help me

  • masihayeman

    Not all games Akspayr Please, Please Help Me

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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