More iPhone chess games…

I‘ve been playing various games on the different chess apps on the iPhone that I’ve installed on my 16GB iPhone 3GS and am in the process of reviewing. I haven’t run any more engine vs engine games yet; the games I’ve been playing have been me vs the engine and testing how the engine auto-adjusts its rating and capabilities to my capabilities.

So far, I have two games vs Shredder Chess ($9.99; direct iTunes link), another vs HIARCS Chess ($9.99; direct iTunes link), and another vs tChess Pro ($7.99; direct iTunes link), all of which I won (but at very low settings). All three apps have a chess coach that warns you of bad moves when it is on (and which I had on for all games); they also all support saving your games as PGN files and emailing them as well, so you can send your games to yourself (or others). HIARCS and Shredder both rank you with an ELO rating after each game and auto-adjust to your playing level, which is pretty cool, while tChess Pro requires you to manually set the playing level of the engine between Level 1 and Level 12 and does no auto-adjusting. I played (and easily defeated) tChess Pro at Level 3.

I’m also testing the Chess by Blog plugin for WordPress in this post. I’ll have the Chess by Blog version of the game followed by the raw PGN file for each game. Everything is below. Scratch that. The plugin kept kicking back WP errors for me, so I deactivated it. Oh well. In any case, the PGN files of all the games are pasted below.

First, here’s a game where I played White vs Shredder for iPhone who was black:

[Event “8:54 PM”]
[Site “Shredder for iPhone / iPod touch”]
[Date “2009.08.31”]
[Round “?”]
[White “C.K.”]
[Black “Shredder”]
[WhiteElo “1300”]
[BlackElo “1250”]
[Result “1-0”]

1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. Qxd4 Nc6 4. Qd2 Bb4 5. c3 Bd6 6. b4 Nf6 7. f3 O-O 8. Bd3
Ne5 9. Be2 b6 10. Nh3 Bb7 11. O-O Qe7 12. Nf4 h6 13. g4 Rab8 14. Nh5 Nxh5 15. gxh5
Qh4 16. Qe1 Qxh5 17. f4 Qg6 18. Qg3 Qxg3 19. hxg3 Rbc8 20. fxe5 Bxe5 21. Bh5
Bxe4 22. Bf4 f6 23. Nd2 Bxf4 24. Rxf4 f5 25. Raf1 Bd3 26. Rd1 d5 27. Nf3 g5
28. Rd4 Be4 29. Ne5 f4 30. Ng6 Rf6 31. Ne7 Kg7 32. Nxc8 a5 33. g4 f3 34. Kf2
Rc6 35. Ne7 Rxc3 36. Nxd5 Bxd5 37. Rxd5 axb4 38. Rd7 Kf6 39. Rf7 Ke5 40. Rf5
Ke4 41. Re1 Kd4 42. Re6 Ra3 43. Rxh6 Rxa2 44. Kxf3 Ra5 45. Rc6 Ra3 46. Ke2 Ra2
47. Kf3 b3 48. Bf7 Rc2 49. Rd5 1-0

Here’s another versus Shredder, where I again won. Notice how the ELO rating for both players has stepped up from the previous game (and you can see Shredder’s announcement of the change in the screenshot accompanying this post):

[Event “9:05 PM”]
[Site “Shredder for iPhone / iPod touch”]
[Date “2009.08.31”]
[Round “?”]
[White “C.K.”]
[Black “Shredder”]
[WhiteElo “1403”]
[BlackElo “1326”]
[Result “1-0”]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Bd3 Bxd3 5. Qxd3 e6 6. Nf3 Bb4 7. c3 Be7 8. h4
Nd7 9. Bg5 c5 10. Bxe7 Nxe7 11. Nbd2 h5 12. O-O-O Qa5 13. a3 Qa4 14. Ng5 cxd4
15. cxd4 Rc8 16. Kb1 b5 17. Rc1 Nb6 18. Rc5 Nf5 19. Ndf3 O-O 20. Rxb5 Rc7 21. Rb4
Qc6 22. Qd1 Rfc8 23. Ka2 Qc2 24. Qd2 Qxd2 25. Nxd2 Rc2 26. Rd1 Nxh4 27. g3 Nf5
28. a4 h4 29. gxh4 Nxh4 30. f4 Nf5 31. a5 Ne3 32. Rh1 Rxd2 33. axb6 axb6 34. Rxb6
Ra8 35. Kb3 Rxd4 36. Nh7 Rxf4 37. Rd6 Rb8 38. Ka2 Rf5 39. b3 Ra8 40. Kb2 Rxe5
41. Rh3 Rg5 42. Nxg5 Nd1 43. Kc2 Nf2 44. Rh7 Ra2 45. Kc3 Ra8 46. Rd7 Rc8 47. Kb2
Nd1 48. Ka3 Ra8 49. Kb4 Ra6 50. Rd8 1-0

Next, here’s me vs HIARCS:

[Event “?”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “Aug 31, 2009”]
[Round “?”]
[White “C.K.”]
[Black “HIARCS”]
[Result “1-0”]
[DisplayPlyCount “79”]

1. e4 c5 2. Bc4 e6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. Be3 d5 7. exd5 exd5 8. Bb5
Be6 9. Ne5 Qc7 10. Bxc6+ bxc6 11. d4 Bd6 12. f4 cxd4 13. Qxd4 Qb7 14. O-O-O h6
15. h3 c5 16. Qa4+ Nd7 17. Nxd7 Qxd7 18. Qxd7+ Kxd7 19. f5 Raf8 20. fxe6+ fxe6
21. Nb5 g5 22. Nxa7 Rf5 23. g4 Rf3 24. Kd2 Rff8 25. a3 Ra8 26. Nb5 Rhb8 27.
Nxd6 Kxd6 28. Kc1 Rd8 29. h4 Rg8 30. hxg5 hxg5 31. Rh5 Rge8 32. Bxg5 Ra7 33.
Rh6 Rf8 34. Bd2 Raf7 35. g5 Re7 36. g6 e5 37. g7+ Kd7 38. gxf8=Q Rg7 39. Qxg7+
Kc8 40. Rh8#
1-0

And finally, here’s the tChess Pro game:

[Event “”]
[Site “iPhone”]
[Date “2009.08.30”]
[Round “”]
[White “C.K.”]
[Black “tChess”]
[Result “1-0”]

1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. Qxd4 Nc6 4. Qd2 Bc5 5. Nh3 Nf6 6. f3 O-O 7. Nf4 Re8 8. Nh5 Nxh5 9. g4 Nf6 10. Bc4 Ne5 11. Bxf7+ Nxf7 12. Qf4 Bd4 13. Be3 Bxb2 14. Nd2 Bxa1 15. Nc4 Bc3+ 16. Bd2 Bxd2+ 17. Nxd2 Re6 18. O-O a6 19. Nc4 Rb8 20. g5 Nh5 21. Qg4 Nf4 22. Qxf4 Re7 23. g6 Nh8 24. gxh7+ Kxh7 25. Ne5 d6 26. Qh4+ Kg8 27. Ng4 Bxg4 28. Qxg4 Nf7 29. f4 Rxe4 30. Qf5 Re2 31. Rf3 Qh4 32. Rg3 Rbe8 33. Qg6 Qxf4 34. Qxg7# 1-0

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