Shredder Chess Lite

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Description of App: 

Shredder, the most successful chess program ever, is now also available for the iPhone. You can play against Shredder and solve chess puzzles. It offers the usual Shredder standard for your pocket.

The 12 times computer chess world champion Shredder is able to mimic the play of a human chess player with any playing strength. He even deliberately makes typical human mistakes in those levels.

Solve 100 built in chess puzzles. Shredder keeps track of your performance and offers advice if needed.

You can adjust Shredder’s playing strength and, if you like, Shredder automatically adjusts his strength to yours. He even calculates an Elo rating for you. This is how the playing strength of chess players is typically measured.

During the game a coach is watching your moves and warns you if you are about to make a mistake.

See how you are getting better and better the more games you play and the more chess puzzles you solve.

Shredder Chess Lite features:

  • Adjustable playing strength
  • Intuitive and very easy to operate
  • 100 built in chess puzzles
  • See your rating in a diagram
  • Coach shows your mistakes
  • Great variety: opening book with more than one million moves
  • Load and save games (incl. names, date, etc.)
  • Different chess boards and pieces
  • two player mode / enter moves
  • Learn the name of the opening you are playing
  • Accessibility / VoiceOver support
  • Improve your play whenever and wherever you like

'Shredder Chess Lite' is a fully-functional version of 'Shredder Chess' for casual chess players. If you are an active player, need more features or simply want the best you should take a look at our pro version 'Shredder Chess'.

Here is what you will additionally get in our pro version:

  • The strongest chess engine for the iPhone
  • Can be set to outstanding playing strength
  • 1000 built in chess puzzles
  • Send games via email
  • Different playing styles from passive to aggressive
  • Enter and analyze any position you like
  • Analyse your games with Shredder, find your mistakes and improve your play
  • 10 USD discount coupon for Shredder 12 Mac/Win on shredderchess.com

Version: 

1.4.5

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone 5

Accessibility Comments: 

Very accessible with a few quirks.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Comments

Evaluation of Shredder Chess Lite v1.3.1

I also evaluated this App for compatibility with VO and my findings are the same as the original reviewer's. 1. The board is inaccessible to VO and there are no alternate methods to manipulate the pieces or navigate the board. 2. Almost all of the buttons are correctly labeled, and the sliders and on/off switches work properly, 3. The App has many features and options and they are laid out in a manner that seems intuitive. 4. I've emailed the developer (support@skizzix.com) to inquire about making the game accessible to VO.

I love it

I have used it even before the last update and it was very accessible. It is my favorite chess app. The paid version has many great bells and whistles, but the free app will suit the average player.

Moving on the board

Just to clarify, it is possible to use the app with VoiceOver. First find the piece you want to move. Either swiping left and right which may just take forever depending on what you are looking for. Alternatively, you can just browse the board with your finger. Once you found the piece, double tap it. Then find the square you want to move it to the same way. Double tap it and you will have made a move. I hope this clarifies it, I believe this is a wonderful app and easy to use with VO once you figure it out.

Hi, I agree this app is

Hi, I agree this app is definitely accessible, one issue I have noticed is in the settings tab. There is a slider for adjusting the playing strength, I found that when you adjust it with voiceOver the slider appears not to adjust as you get the thump sound from VoiceOver and it repeats the value that the slider was last set to. But if you flick to the left of the slider the true value of the slider is actually shown. Also, on the game board there is a button labeled disk, if you tap this this brings up options for saving and loading a game. These are the only issues I have found so far.

announcements?

Ahoy all. The question I have is for those of you have downloaded and gave this app a go,are the moves made by the opponent announced by VO? I guess I could try it myself and see,but there are a few other ches apps around,so I'd rather just download one and stick with it. a bit OT, does this have sounds? for moves,kills etc. =P. what can I say,the sound for me adds more fun to a chess game.

Hi, yes the app has sounds,

Hi, yes the app has sounds, and yes it does announce the opponents move. With the light version every time you start the app you get an advert for the pro version and it can be a bit tricky hunting for the button to get rid of it, as the advert doesn't cover the hole screen so you can still navigate the board. I am going to stick with the light version for the moment though as I am a newbie to chess and just got this app to have a bit of fun with when I am board. I do understand how the pieces move though etc.

I think the original comments

I think the original comments complaining about app accessibility should be removed as they are simply not true and might put people off from trying the app.

Announcement of Opponent's Move

I also have this app, but, at least with the 4th Generation iPod Touch, I noticed that the opponent's move announcement gets cut off. The only way I can hear it is by touching the bottom of the screen and flicking left.

Update

Alex, Thanks for letting us know that some of the things have changed since the original poster had submitted this app. So as you may have noticed I've made a few minor changes to this app! Thanks for the heads up.

off to try it now

Thanks Alex and Kelly. I'll go ahead and download it.