iPhone Chess Apps: tChess Pro vs Shredder Chess, Round 1

This afternoon I pitted tChess Pro ($7.99; direct iTunes link) playing White versus Shredder ($9.99; direct iTunes link) playing Black with both apps set at their highest settings. tChess Pro actually resigned at move 116, but I had the apps continue the play to the gruesome end, when Shredder won decisively.

Here’s the game:

Please keep in mind that this is not a review, simply another round in a set of engine versus engine games that I’m running, building up to a set of reviews of all the major chess apps available for iPhone and iPod touch. Score card so far: HIARCS, Chess Genius, and Shredder Chess have all won as black against Glaurung, Caissa Pro, and tChess Pro respectively. Here’s the HIARCS versus Glaurung game. Here’s the Caissa Pro versus Chess Genius game. I also have all the major chess apps to review with the exception of Fritz, although Fritz’s developers say they will be getting me a copy once Fritz receives its next update. Currently, I’m testing: Caissa Pro, Chess Genius, Deep Green, Glaurung, HIARCS chess, Shredder, and tChess Pro.

If you’re an iPhone developer and/or you have a chess app that I’ve missed in this list above that you think I should consider reviewing, please see this post.

I’ve pasted the PGN below.

[Event “11:09 AM”]
[Site “Shredder for iPhone / iPod touch”]
[Date “2009.09.05”]
[Round “?”]
[White “tChess Pro”]
[Black “Shredder”]
[WhiteElo “1386”]
[BlackElo “2400”]
[Result “0-1”]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 c5 3. Nf3 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Bd3 Bd6 7. Nf3 Nf6 8. O-O
O-O 9. Bg5 Nc6 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. a3 Ne5 12. h3 b5 13. Nd4 Ng6 14. Nce2 Bb7 15. a4
Bh2 16. Kh1 Be5 17. axb5 axb5 18. Nxb5 Qc5 19. Nbc3 Rxa1 20. Qxa1 Ra8 21. Qe1
Nf4 22. Nxf4 Bxf4 23. Ne2 Bd6 24. b4 Qh5 25. b5 f5 26. f3 fxe4 27. Ng3 Qe5 28. f4
Qd4 29. Bxe4 Bb4 30. Nf5 exf5 31. Qg3 Kh8 32. Bxb7 Rb8 33. Ba6 Rg8 34. Qb3 Qe4
35. Rf3 Qe2 36. Rg3 Rxg3 37. Qxg3 Qf1 38. Kh2 Bd2 39. Qa3 Bxf4 40. g3 Qe2 41. Kh1
Qe4 42. Kh2 Qxc2 43. Kg1 Qd1 44. Kf2 Qd2 45. Kf1 Bd6 46. Qf3 f4 47. gxf4 Bc7
48. f5 Kg7 49. Qg4 Kf8 50. Qe2 Qc1 51. Qe1 Qc5 52. Qf2 Qc3 53. Kg2 Ke8 54. Qf3
Qe5 55. Kf1 Qa1 56. Ke2 Qb2 57. Ke1 Qb1 58. Kf2 Be5 59. Kg2 Qc2 60. Qf2 Qd3
61. Qf3 Qd2 62. Qf2 Qd3 63. Qf3 Qd2 64. Qf2 Qg5 65. Kf1 Qc1 66. Kg2 Qg5 67. Kf1
Qc1 68. Kg2 Qc4 69. Qe3 f6 70. Qf3 Ke7 71. Qg4 Qc2 72. Kf1 Qd3 73. Kg2 Qc2 74. Kf1
Qd3 75. Kg2 h6 76. Qg7 Kd6 77. Qf8 Kd5 78. Qa8 Kd4 79. Qf3 Qc2 80. Kf1 Bc7 81. Qg4
Ke3 82. Qg1 Ke4 83. Bb7 d5 84. Qg4 Ke3 85. Qg1 Kd3 86. Qg4 Qc1 87. Kg2 Qd2 88. Kf1
Qc1 89. Kg2 Qd2 90. Kf1 Bb6 91. Qf3 Kc4 92. h4 Ba5 93. Bc6 Bb6 94. h5 Qc1 95. Kg2
d4 96. Qg4 Kc3 97. Qg6 d3 98. Bf3 Bd4 99. Qg3 Qg1 100. Kh3 Qf1 101. Kg4 Be5
102. Qg2 Qc1 103. b6 Qf4 104. Kh3 d2 105. Bg4 Qe3 106. Qf3 d1=N 107. Kg2 Qxf3
108. Kxf3 Nb2 109. b7 Nc4 110. Kf2 Bb8 111. Bf3 Kd4 112. Ke2 Nd6 113. Kd1 Kc5
114. Ke2 Nxf5 115. Kd2 Kb6 116. Bd5 Ne7 117. Bg2 Nc6 118. Kd3 Kxb7 119. Ke4
Ne7 120. Bh3 Kc7 121. Bg4 Kd6 122. Bh3 Ba7 123. Bg4 Bb6 124. Bh3 Nd5 125. Bf5
Nc3 126. Kd3 Ke5 127. Bg6 Nd5 128. Kc4 Ne3 129. Kb4 f5 130. Kb5 Bd4 131. Be8
Kf4 132. Bg6 Kg4 133. Be8 f4 134. Bd7 Kxh5 135. Bc6 Kg4 136. Bd7 Kg3 137. Ka4
f3 138. Bb5 h5 139. Bc6 f2 140. Bb5 h4 141. Ba6 h3 142. Bd3 h2 143. Be4 f1=Q
144. Ka3 Qa6 145. Kb4 Qc4 146. Ka5 Bc5 147. Bh1 Qb4 148. Ka6 Qb6 0-1

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