How do I use this app to get better at chess?

This app works on the principle of learning by example. You will find no lesson and no exercise in this app.

By playing from the weakest levels and progressing to the stronger levels, your brain will automatically learn and you will play better and better. There is no better method, and we can guarantee that reading pages after pages of lessons would only help you to sleep, not learn.

Here is how you should use our app if you want to improve at chess:

  • In the settings, you use the "Me vs Trainer" mode.

  • Find the trainer level that matches your current level. Maybe you can start at one of the lowest levels (250 or 550 Elo). You play a game against this level with the suggestions turned OFF. You are probably going to beat the trainer. So you switch to the next level and play again. Repeat until you feel that the trainer is smarter than you.

  • Now that you have found a trainer that is challenging but not crushing, you are going to play with the suggestions turned ON. You are going to slaughter the trainer thanks to the suggestions.

  • Play again, but this time you turn the suggestions OFF. When you do not know what to do, turn them ON just for this move. If you make a mistake, take back your move and use the suggestions.

  • Play again and again, using the suggestions less and less, until you feel that you can beat this trainer level most of the time without any help. IMPORTANT: it is not required to be able to beat it EVERY time - most of the time is OK. Being stronger than your opponent does not mean that you can beat it in every game. It means you can beat it in more than 50% of the games.

  • Congratulations, you have improved! Switch to the next trainer level and repeat: first game with the suggestions ON all the time, then next games with suggestions only when needed, until you feel you don't need the suggestions to be able to beat that trainer in more than 50% of the games you play against it.

Most of the time, you can leave the "Threats" button turned on. It's even better if you are able to beat the trainer without even being warned of the threats, but don't worry too much about that.

The most important things to remember are:

  • Play over and over again. You become good at chess by practicing, not by reading books.

  • Don't skip levels. When you have improved to the point that you can beat trainer level 1200 Elo, don't skip to trainer 1300 Elo. Switch to 1250 Elo because this one will teach you things you need to know before you can face trainer 1300.

If you follow this procedure, you will also know, at any time, what your current strength, or Elo level, is. It's simply the strength of the trainer you are currently playing against, with a good approximation. For this reason, the app does not offer any feature to estimate your level of play. You simply do not need one.

Thousands of players use our app daily to improve their chess. And they tell us that it works. So it will work for you!