Chess With Friends

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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Great way to play chess anytime; includes open chat.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to play chess with Chess With Friends, but not through instructions or tutorials, because the app is lacking in these areas. Instead, through playing with others, they may be able to pick up the rules and strategies of the game. A nice feature of Chess With Friends is the replay, so kids can review past moves and learn from them. Kids can also benefit from playing a live opponent, and the chat feature lets players talk to each other. Like the board game, it's a good brain-flexing app. If Chess With Friends offered a good tutorial, it would be more accessible to kids who don't know how to play chess but want to learn.

Ease of Play

Chess With Friends is fairly simple to use but does not offer much in the way of chess tutorials. Touching a chess piece will highlight the locations it can move to, and it is easy to scroll backward to see all of the moves that have been made previously.


There are no language issues in the app, but because players can chat with others without restrictions, it's possible that iffy language could be exchanged.


The app is branded with the Zynga logo and has a link to other Zynga games.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Chess With Friends is a chess app that allows local games or online games against friends and random opponents. As part of the Zynga With Friends game series (along with Words With Friends, Scramble With Friends, Hanging With Friends, and more), it's a social game that includes unmoderated chat with your opponent; there is no option do disable chat.

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What's it about?

Chess With Friends is a chess app played with online opponents (friends or random matchups) or with someone in the same room (pass and play). As a turn-based game, it allows you to make a move at your convenience, and then will alert the other player when it’s his or her turn. Like other Zynga With Friends apps such as Words With Friends, Scramble With Friends, and Hanging With Friends, players can communicate with each other during a game via text chat. The lack of tutorials means players may want to look elsewhere to learn the rules of the game.

Is it any good?

Although the title is CHESS WITH FRIENDS, in reality you can play with friends or strangers. The app is simple and streamlined -- find an opponent (either two players sharing a device or online multiplayer) and then start a game. The app can notify you when it's your turn, and the board is always turned so that it faces the active player. One handy feature is being able to step backward in time to see all the previous moves, allowing you to play back a game in progress. There is also a chat screen that allows players to send messages to each other.

Although there is no ranking system so you won't necessarily be matched with somebody at your own skill level, the app is great for those who want to play chess but have trouble finding opponents.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Help kids find websites, other apps, library books, or classes that offer chess instructions and strategy.

  • Take advantage of the mobility of this game and challenge your kid to a game.

  • Use the replay feature to explain strategies to your kid.

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For kids who love board games and multiplayer games

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