Nepo’s Gambit – 19 Nov 2021
The world championship challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi presents a Chessable course on no lesser opening than the King’s Gambit. Fernando Offermann had a look.
Pocket sparring partner – 12 Jan 2021
Among chess playing apps, the open source Black Diamond is your most versatile choice, but don’t expect any fancy graphics, writes Heinrich Tillack.
Quantity over quality – 03 Jan 2021
Lichess has published the world’s biggest collection of chess puzzles. Why you should not yet hold your breath, explain Stefan Löffler and Conrad Schormann.
Sloppy on purpose – 22 Dec 2020
Why has a pricey collection of pirated and in some cases mutilated images of chess art received much praise, wonders Stefan Löffler.
A classification of what we fail to see – 05 Dec 2020
Think like a Machine! is a book that was waiting to be written. It features tactics that humans normally overlook. ChessPuzzle-Master Martin Bennedik loves it.
Commercial vibe – 02 Dec 2020
Chess Universe combines the look and feel of a videogame with chess instruction. But the app’s salesmanship put Sophia Rohde off.
Teaching through play – 21 Nov 2020
Its didactic approach and friendly user interface set Learn Chess with Dr. Wolf apart from other chess learning apps. If only it could help beyond a 1400 rating level, writes Fernando Offermann.
A cat house – 29 Jul 2020
Victor is a charming chess teacher, but his programme, Victor’s Chess House, runs slow and doesn’t allow to jump any single lesson, game or test, writes Philippe Kalman.
Frogs and robots – 27 Jul 2020
Chessity has been developed for classroom use but its gamified chess learning works equally well in a family context, writes Jérôme Maufras.
Too advanced – 10 Jul 2020
The Magnus Touch has been advertised by Chessable as a landmark and the new gold standard in chess training. Jop Delemarre loves the content as a player. From the perspective of a coach he finds the strategy course lacking accessibility and didactics.
Tactics Frenzy – 22 May 2020
Good graphics, nice gamification, well chosen exercises. Brazilian top coach Rafael Leitão finds the tactics app from Play Magnus recommendable but misses a feature that helps to train your pattern recognition.