Looking to play chess on Switch and mobile? As well as being one of the oldest games in existence, the game of kings and queens is still incredibly popular, with new players taking their first moves every day. So, we’ve put together a list of all the chess games you can play, from those that teach you the basics to some with an interesting twist on the classic rules.
So, if you want to join in the fun and checkmate a friend, we’ve put together this guide on how to play chess on mobile and Switch. We’ve also got guides on how to play Minesweeper, how to play Solitaire, and how to play Pac-Man on Switch and mobile. Or, for more table games on the go, be sure to check out our picks for the best pool games, ping pong games, and poker games to see where your skills lie.
Here are the best games that let you play chess on mobile and Switch.
With touch controls, a host of animated characters to bring the board to life, and plenty of difficulty options to make things accessible for everyone, Family Chess is the primo Switch chess title for those who aren’t looking to take things too seriously with online competition.
With over 50k tutorials, puzzles, and mini-lessons, the Chess.com app is the best way for new players to learn the game without spending a penny. It also just happens to be a social hub full of some of the world’s best chess players, and you can even pick up tips from tutors who use the app to teach the grandmasters of tomorrow.
Chess Minimal might live up to its name in visual design, but there’s much more under the hood than you might think at first glance. With a selection between 5-minute blitz, 15-minute rapid, and 30-minute regular games, you can test your skills in your preferred arena against fellow players and watch your ELO rating skyrocket in real-time.
Is there any better way to master a game than under the watchful eye of the best in the world? If there is, no one had better tell the developers of Magnus Trainer, a zen-like chess title with official support from Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian grandmaster himself.
Not only is this title one of the most effective when it comes to honing your skills as a chess player, but it’s also the prettiest on this list by a country mile, with a serious Monument Valley vibe across almost all of the tutorial levels.
Chess Clash of Kings
There are few chess sims on Switch as comprehensive as Chess Clash of Kings, with ten unlockable levels of difficulty, a selection of fantasy RPG-influenced pieces, and over 400 puzzles that are designed to improve your checkmating skills.
Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate
If you’re looking for a deadlier way to play chess, Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate is exactly that. As you can probably guess from the title, this game has guns, lots of guns, and you’re going to need to use them if you want to win.
Shotgun King is a roguelike title, with a myriad of upgrades available to strengthen your arsenal during a run. Sure, you won’t learn any exciting chess moves here, but there’s a fun time to be had blasting bishops and pulverizing pawns.
There you have it, our picks for the titles you should head to when you’re wondering how to play chess on Switch and mobile. To clear some space for more chess apps on your phone, check out our guides on how to delete apps on iPhone and how to delete contacts on iPhone.