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What’s new in SparkChess 12

Your AI opponent is your coach, too!

New 3D Fantasy chess set and Coach Mode

Chess programs are good at coming up with the best move but that’s it. Can they tell you if your move was bad and – more importantly – why? SparkChess can. When you play against an AI opponent like Claire, Boris or Guru and activate Coach mode, they’ll congratulate on your great moves or explain, in plain language, why the move wasn’t so good. It’s a great way to understand the consequences of your actions, learn to evaluate multiple exchanges, and much more. SparkChess will also let you know who’s ahead and by how much.

New 3D Fantasy chess set

The Fantasy chess set is now fully 3D! Modeling and texturing the pieces was a major effort, but it was well worth it. If you want to play using a fancy set, you’ll love this one. We increased the overall 3D performance, improved lighting and legibility of the 3D view and I’m confident you’ll use it more and more.

Create and manage teams

Whether you have a chess club, attend a chess class or simply want your own special place in multiplayer, you’ll love the new Teams feature. You can create your own team or join an existing one. Teams have their own private playing area, so you can play safely in your group. Later, we will rank teams in Leaderboards the same way we rank individual players.

More lessons

We added content for new players, too! SparkChess now comes with 20 chess lessons on a variety of topics and no less than 70 chess puzzles for beginners and advanced players alike.

User Experience Improvements

We’re constantly working to improve the overall user experience. We left the dark gray interface behind for a more cheerful look, added more tips, improved the legibility and performance of the 3D views and lots of other small tweaks that make a difference.

We hope you’ll enjoy playing SparkChess as much as we enjoyed building it! Your support for 11 years enables us to keep the development active.

Features introduced in previous versions:

SparkChess 11

  • Multiplayer games are saved automatically in the cloud and cabe replayed using the History feature.
  • Multiplayer games statistics.
  • Redesigned chat experience.
  • Report & Block abusive players.
  • Improved multiplayer connection reliability.
  • Report & Block abusive players.
  • Flip board.
  • User interface improvements.

SparkChess 10

  • New AI engine with dramatically improved speed and strength.
  • Real 3D board that can be rotated, zoomed and panned.
  • Observer multiplayer mode.

SparkChess 9

  • Completely rewritten, using more modern language and tools.
  • 4x AI speed improvement.
  • Redesigned interface.
  • Fullscreen mode.
  • Improved PGN import.

SparkChess 8

  • Improved opening database for more varied play.
  • Sound support.
  • 15 new chess lessons.
  • Separate multiplayer play areas with support for advanced time control.
  • New scoring mode.