If you’re like me, you’re a casual but serious chess player. Great book collection, awesome interface and user friendly. Forward Chess has created a great app for learning and studying chess. You can choose board and text size, style, and so on. Books are reasonably priced, and you can always return to the page you left off reading. With just one hand, I can scroll through the game and text while my other hand holds a glass of a choice beverage.
Forward chess has many pros these include: Very easy to download books and transfer to other devices. Excellent customer support Excellent cloud back up Nice selection of books Nice functional computer analysis Cons Would be better if it had spaced repetition learning program incorporated into books similar to chess able
Many of my initial complaints about how the text is presented have been addressed, and I read books through the app often now. Thanks!
I noticed there’s no refund option. Is there a way I can refund purchased books?
Very user friendly.
Many good updates since some of the older comments. This is my favorite for reading chess books. Interactive board with books,you can add notes, and bookmarks.
This app has most of what you need to read chessbooks without a board and pieces. Built in engine. For a short time this app had the first built in engine, but now Everyman and others have included engines. Selection of books is good. I mostly use Forward Chess on my iPad. I have had difficulty finding all the books I bought on iPad when I open Forward Chess on the computer.
I’ve used this this for a week now and the ability to follow variations while reading is excellent. However the app doesn’t open to my last read page or give me a bookmark so I can get back to where I was. So I’ll have to try and find where I was every time I get back in and that’s frustrating.
Apps like this have the potential to make reading a chess book way more convenient, because you can always see the current position. This is a good start but it’s just a beginning, it needs more work. As far as bugs are concerned, it does not remember correctly the location on the page when restarting the app. On a chapter with ~ 10 games, it’s not easy to find the place to continue. Also, it loses the current position when double-tapping to go full screen (or return from full screen). In terms of features, the main thing I miss is some kind of visual indication that there’s text to read after the current move. Imagine I watch the board and then tap the Next button to advance through the game. Unless I check the notation after every move (very distracting) I would miss the move comment. True, there’s a dialog for variations, but that’s not the same thing. Some commented moves don’t have variation. A change in color, some dot lighting up somewhere would mean a lot in terms of convenience.