Now I'll take a look at
some of the applications that the Nexus 7 has to offer,
but before I do so, there are a couple of additional
points I would like to make concerning the tablet.
Firstly, before you do anything, up-date the system.
This is easily done via the Settings option.
Secondly, load a decent anti-virus programme.
Tablets are even more susceptible to malpractices than
other forms of computers so anti-virus is a must.
I use AVG which has always served me well on my desk-top
As I have said earlier,
there are some 500 chess apps available on the Nexus.
These are easily found in the store with "chess" inserted
in the search box. Obviously, 500 apps are rather too
many to review individually so I will deal with them in
1. Apps for beginners.
2. Apps for playing only
3. Apps for playing on the
4 Apps for study purposes.
5. Apps for openings
6. Apps for the middlegame and
7. Apps for endgames.
Naturally there will be a
fair amount of cross pollination in dealing with these
categories eg one app will deal with more than one
But, before we launch into
a detailed description of these apps, I want to draw
your attention to one very recently produced that deals
with a very topical subject - the forthcoming match
for the World Championship between the holder, Vishy
Anand and his challenger, the wunderkind from Norway,
Magnus Carlsen. As this match starts on 7th
November, it is timely that I draw your attention to the
This has been prepared by
Asim Pereira who is
notable for designing a number of chess apps. In
this particular app, which is free and can be obtained
by typing "chess world championship 2013" into the
search box of the Store App, there are a number of
To fill in the time before
the match starts, all the games played between
the two antagonists to date are available. All
25 such encounters, fully annotated, can be seen by using the window
opposite. Of these games Anand has won 12, Carlsen
8 with 5 draws, so we can expect some pretty lively
chess if this pattern is
maintained in the match. These games are
well worthy of close study.
When the games start they
can be followed move by move with information sent
directly to the Nexus tablet. To analyse any
particular position, another free app needs to be at
hand. This is called "Analysis This" and will use
both the Critter and Stockfish chess engines to
supply authoritative comments. We will find as we work
through the various apps provided by Google, that some
applications are harnessed to another in order to expand
So that you do not miss
the start of a game, you are sent a prompt when the
first move is made. Similarly, you are advised
when a game is finished and you will know the result
before playing the game.
As you view the games,
there is a choice of boards that allow you to support
your favoured player.
The blue board indicates
that you are a supporter of "cool" Anand and the red
board shows that you are favouring "hot" Carlsen,
Another feature of this
app is a section on the tactics that each player has
employed against other players. There are
30 positions available and these are presented in a puzzle format.
This is something else that
will keep you entertained before the match starts.
This World Championship is
probably the most interesting since the title was
wrested from the Soviets in 1972 by Bobby Fischer
Vishy Anand has held the title for quite some time
mainly due to his very expert preparation and vast
experience in match play and strategy. During his
period on the throne, his tournament results have been
rather nondescript, but his match play has been without
parallel. He is now over forty years old and is
pitted against a 22 year antagonist who has yet to play a match of this calibre.
However, Magnus Carlsen has dominated tournament play
during the last eighteen months and has thereby reached
an ELO grading higher than any other player has ever
achieved. So, we have a match of experience versus youth
the outcome of which is difficult to foresee.
This app is one that !
can thoroughly recommend to both beginners and more
experienced players, particularly to those viewers who
want to follow "Chess on the Move". It will
entertain on those dreary train journeys and inform
during those few moments that you snatch during work to
keep abreast of topical events.
The first article in this
series can be seen here