Play chess with people from all over world, using Championship rules.
Type: Board Game
Players: 2 player
Age: Any Age
Game Time: 30 mins - 1 hour
Developer or Designer: MANASTONE
Switch between 2D and 3D board
No notification of checkmate/suicidal move
If you like to play against a physical opponent, then I would recommend Chess Live
over World Chess Championship
because this app is purely for online playing only. While there is no pass and play mode or option to practice against the computer, as the name suggests, you get to challenges players from around the world using the official chess championship rules. This can be a negative or a positive, depending on how skilled you are.
In championship rules there is no warning if you get check, nor are you stopped from making a suicidal move (i.e. putting yourself in check). I personally am not keen on this, as I am used to being told 'check'. I am at an average skill level, and I would only recommend this for someone whois very proficient at the game. Not only because of the championship rules, but also because the people you are playing are more advanced than your average player.
If you are advanced, you will certainly appreciate the challenge, and there are some neat features, such as being able to watch a replay of your match The graphics look great too, giving you the option to play on either a 3D or 2D board, which you can switch between at any point during gameplay. You have five minutes to take your turn, and the timer is displayed on they same kind of digital countdown clock as played in official matches.
The only difference between this and an official match is the audio. Most chess games are played in silence. Here you not only have the option to listen to background music, but to talk to your opponent.
When I say talk, I don't mean chat on a message board, but actually talk, using the microphone on your tablet. This adds a real social element to the game. If, however you are not comfortable talking to people online, you can switch the chat feature off in the options menu.
Each match you play will either increase of decrease your overall score and rank on the world champ leaderboard. The rankings are re-set every three months. There are also lots of achievements to be won. I am ashamed to say that my first 'achievement' was to win a 'lost' badge.
If you like a challenge, then World Chess Championship will definitely provide it.