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Android help

Welcome to the General help page. This Android application is designed to play on the most important Internet chess server, the "Internet Chess Club" (ICC). Below you will find information on how to use this app. If you need a refresher course on how to play chess, please visit our chess tutorial first.


ICC Concepts

Some concepts about ICC that you will need to know:


Login Screen

On the login screen you can type your ICC username and password and press the "Connect" Button to access the ICC server. If you aren't a ICC member, you can register and obtain a one month free trial pressing the "Free Trial" button.

In this screen you have also other options available without connection to the ICC server:


Online Play

Once connected to ICC, you have the following on-screen options:

On this screens, pressing the MENU button you can access this options:

On the settings you will find many related online play options:

When playing on the server pressing the MENU shows this new options:

When you receive a takeback or abort offer, the app will show you a dialog in which you can accept, reject or ignore the offer. If the offer is ignored, it will remain on your pending offers list (accessed via MENU->Offers).

If you press the left arrow, you will offer a Takeback to your opponent this takeback can be of a half-move or of a move. After finishing a game, you will see a button to "Rematch" your oppent.



Here you can play against the embedded chess engine or against other player (moving and passing the phone), you can select those playing modes on the "Opponent" settings option. There is a "Alternate color" option to change color on each game when playing against your Android device.

On the Settings you have a Engine ELO option to adjust playing strength, from 500 to 2100, on 50 ELO points steps. There is also a selectable time per move: changing the ELO and the time per move, lots of difficulty levels can be selected.

Pressing the MENU key you will have this options:

The app includes a opening book with more than 30.000 positions ensuring variated funny games. On closing, saves the current game and it is loaded when the application is restarted.



This app contains more than 2900 chess problems to solve looking for the best moves.

On the "Settings" you can select the problem difficult (Easy, Medium and Hard Problems). There is also a "Play solution" option: if this option is checked, you will need to find only the first move of the problem. If you want to find all moves, uncheck this option.

Press the MENU key to access this options:


Problem order is randomized. Note that the problem solution may not lead to a checkmate, it can be a position where one of the sides has a clear advantage.



PGN stands for "Portable Game Notation" and is a file format to store chess games. The app integrates an offline PGN viewer that you can use to replay your favorite games stored in PGN files. Allows you to open PGN files from the SD card using a embedded file manager. Use the arrows to move forward and backward.

Press the MENU key to access this options:

If you are reading an email with an attached PGN file and you try to open it, your device will allow you to open it with the PGN browser of the ICC app.


Using the board

You can move by dragging and dropping the piece with useful guide lines, by tapping the origin and the destiny squares or with the trackball.

There is an ability to select your next piece to move on your opponent's move. To complete the move, tap the destination square when it becomes your move. This is useful for speed games.

The board works in Portrait and Landscape mode. Shows a dot on the side to move (the point is on the moving side color) and can show board coordinates. Also shows captured pieces advantage for each one of the sides (as an example if black captured 3 pawns and whites 2, it shows an advantage of 1 white pawn for blacks)

And also:

See the FAQ for frequently asked questions.