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30th June 2010: PocketGrandmaster 4.3 released! PocketGrandmaster 4.3 is now compatible with Windows Mobile 6.5.3 and newer devices.

18th December 2009: iGrandmaster 1.0 released! iGrandmaster is a chess program for iPhone and iPod touch and is developed by xenoon GmbH, Timm Knape Softwaretechnik and Mediengestaltung Thomas Kolb. View the video below to get a first impression of iGrandmaster in action!




14th March 2009: PocketGrandmaster 4.1 released! Most improvements over version 4.0 are changes to the FICS/ICC mode:
  • New dialog to show and load previous games played on FICS/ICC (history).
  • New dialog to display finger-notes of players.
  • Integrated timeseal on FICS.
  • More space in the Chat/console-window.
  • A notification is shown when a chat-message comes in.
  • New "Formula"-checkbox in the Seek-dialog.
  • Draw/resign must be confirmed before sending it to the server.
  • Bugfixes
    • Playing with black on FICS didn't work for some customers.
    • Starting games when one players Elo is below 1000 does work now.
    • The clock now works correctly when playing games with slow timecontrols (>1h).
    • Some minor bugfixes.
Other new features include:
  • The "Replay" mode can now be used to let the engine play/finish a game (autoplay).
  • The coach shows the thread-move when warning.
  • Highlight legal moves now shows unattacked squares.
  • The super-strong chessengine Naum for PocketGrandmaster is available from it's author.

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9th December 2008: PocketGrandmaster 4.0 released! PocketGrandmaster 4.0 runs on devices with VGA, QVGA, WVGA and square-screens. New: PocketGrandmaster 4.0 comes with a built-in FICS- and ICC-client, so you can play people from all over the world on two of the most popular chess servers.

2nd October 2008: Again PocketGrandmaster 3.0.1 won Pocket PC magazine's Best Software Awards! It was the fifth victory since 2003 and the fourth in a row.
Smartphone & PocketPC Magazine Best Software Awards Smartphone & PocketPC Magazine Best Software Awards

20th November 2007: For the third time in a row PocketGrandmaster won Pocket PC magazine's Best Software Awards. It was the fourth victory since 2003.

21st October 2006: Yes, they did it again! PocketGrandmaster 3.0 was selected as the Winner of the Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine's Best Software Awards 2006 in the "Games: Chess Games" category. This is PocketGrandmaster's third victory after 2005 and 2003.

8th March 2006: a new description by Gary Morton describes, how to connect the DGT electronic chessboard to PocketGrandmaster.

18th December 2005: PocketGrandmaster 3.0 released. PocketGrandmaster 3.0 supports Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 and runs on devices with VGA, QVA, 240x240 and 480x480-screens.

5th November 2005:PocketGrandmaster 2.1 was selected as the Winner of the Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine's Fifth Annual Best Software Awards 2005 in the "Games: Chess Games" category. This is PocketGrandmasters second victory after already finishing first in 2003.

20th September 2005: Dr. Axel Schumacher published a very comprehensive comparison of more than 60 PDA chess programs, which lists PocketGrandmaster as Winner Pro for Pocket PCs.

27 July 2005: PocketGrandmaster and PocketGrandmaster for Smartphone are nominated in Pocket PC magazine's Best Software Awards 2005. Update (5th of November): PocketGrandmaster won!

29 September 2004: PocketGrandmaster is now Finalist in the "Games: Chess Games" category of Pocket PC magazine's Best Software Awards 2004
19 August 2004: Pocketgrandmaster has been nominated by Pocket PC Magazine as a Best Product in the "Chess Game" category (Pocket PC version) and in the "Board Games" category (Smartphone version).

10th July 2004: a new installer for Mac is available from the download page. It also works for PCs and it can install PocketGrandmaster on devices with XScale/StrongARM/Mips or SH3 processor.

23th October 2003: Heureka! PocketGrandmaster 2.1 was selected as the Winner of the Pocket PC 2003 Award in the "Games: Chess Games" category.

2nd October 2003: PocketGrandmaster and PocketGrandmaster for Smartphone are now Finalists in the "Games: Chess Games" and "Games: Board Games" category of Pocket PC magazine's Best Software Awards 2003
13th August 2003: PocketGrandmaster 2.1 released. PocketGrandmaster 2.1 supports Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 now, features are identical to PocketGrandmaster 2.0.

8 August 2003: Pocketgrandmaster has been nominated by Pocket PC Magazine as a Best Product in the "Chess Game" category (Pocket PC version) and in the "Board Games" category (Smartphone version).

1st May 2003: Pocketgrandmaster for Smartphone released (see press release)!
PocketGrandmaster for Smartphone runs on Windows powered Smartphones like the Orange SPV. It features a strong engine, three chess sets and various boards, many different levels, an openingbook and a training mode. You can get it from Smartphone.net or Handango.
PocketGrandmaster for Smartphone Screen PocketGrandmaster for Smartphone Menu
1st Dezember 2002: Pocketgrandmaster is "Todays Choice" ("Tipp des Tages") on Shareware.de and won the Editors' Choice Award for the month of November 2002 on pdaPointer.com.
1st November 2002: PocketGrandmaster 2.0 released (screenshots).
New features include:
  • more piece sets and squares
  • many new features like load next/previous game, jump to start/end of game, send game
  • new coach- and training-mode
  • comfortable context-menu to access frequently used commands
  • spoken announcements of moves
  • PocketGrandmaster 2.0 supports the DGT electronic chessboard
    PocketGrandmaster and the DGT-Board

    3rd October 2002: Pocketgrandmaster is now Finalist in the "Board Games" category.


    21th August 2002: Pocketgrandmaster 1.2 has been nominated by Nitin Gupta of Pocket PC Magazine as a Best Product in the "Board Games" category.

    12th May 2002: PocketGrandmaster light released. Highlights:
  • very easy to use
  • strong chess engine
  • more than 10 levels
  • loads/saves .pgn files
  • low price
  • discount for upgrading from PocketGrandmaster light to PocketGrandmaster

  • 16th February 2002: PocketGrandmaster 1.2 released.

    15th Feburary 2002: new FAQ-page in the support section.

    4th January 2002: PocketGrandmaster 1.1 is rated
  • 5 cows at Tucows
  • 5 stars at Pocket PC Life

  • 19th December 2001: PocketGrandmaster 1.1 released.

    15th December 2001: final beta of PocketGrandmaster available!