Chess on tablets: Analyzing with ChessBase

by Albert Silver
7/30/2014 – Playing and watching games is certainly fun and relaxing, but what about genuine study and analysis on the go? If you watched a game, or played one, and would like to quickly review your moves from opening to middlegame, the tablet or smartphone is quite capable of helping you. In the following video, you will be shown how this is accomplished in a few easy steps.

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Although I believe the case has now been made for playing or watching chess games on a tablet with the previous two videos, possibly more importantly, it will have shown how and why tablets are not mutilated laptops or netbooks, they are a quite different device altogether. It is true the first iterations were sluggish for the most part, with slow processors, and low resolution displays, but today one can find a quad-core device with a high resolution for a very fair price. They are pleasant to use, very light, and very smooth and quick to use.

Analyzing a game need not be like this anymore


Video tutorial on analyzing Playchess games with ChessBase for Android

I should add that when I go to a tournament, especially a rapid event, I may not be able to do much real preparation against an opponent, but I do enjoy reviewing my games between rounds. This is where the tablet is invaluable, as I do not have the weight or size of even a netbook, and can just open up this lightweight device, enter my moves, and consult the tools shown above, and save it for later.

For those curious, the tablet in the video is an LG G Pad 8.3 inches, which I find to be the perfect size for chess and reading.

In the next part, I will explore how to use these tools for study and opening preparation.

You can scan the QR codes below with your phone or tablet to go directly to the Play Store or click on the link:

Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.
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Hafsteinn Hafsteinn 7/31/2014 01:51
It's good that Playchess and Chessbase can run on tablets and smartphones. I use a Win7 PC at work because I have to. In my private life, I use Apple devices, because I want to. I declined a free Android work phone and replaced it with an iPhone I paid for myself, because I could.
There are millions of Apple devices out there. Come on Chessbase / Playchess, you're ignoring a large number of potential customers! Everyone else is making money writing apps and software for Apple devices, why not you?
Michael Ogunnira Michael Ogunnira 7/31/2014 04:43
There is one very important feature missing in this mobile app: Kibitz Blitz games in the Main Playing Hall
anairo anairo 7/30/2014 04:17
Again why is this mysterious habit of not care about IPHONE or IPAD or MAC. OK, Mac users were not an important part of the chess players, lamppost nobody use macs. So i can understand in some way, but ipads! iphones! come on Chessbase Playchess dont let us out.
satkul satkul 7/30/2014 08:29