Frequently Asked Questions
We try to answer common questions with our FAQs, so please take a moment to browse these helpful articles. If none of this applies to your case, reach out with this Contact form
Can I use the app as an analysis board while traveling?

Sure, why not? You can enter in moves manually from the game positions in your book, and use the built in Stockfish engine to explore variations. However, it is not possible to set up a new position from scratch on our analysis board.

Can I play chess with the app?

This feature is not directly possible, nor is Forward Chess designed for the purpose of playing a game. However, the workaround to achieve this is to open a board inside the app, switch ON the Stockfish engine (Engine toggle icon to the upper right-hand side of the interface) and play your moves against the engine recommended lines.

Can I use Forward Chess to open my favorite PDF or PGN files?

No, it is not currently possible to import any files into the Forward Chess application.

Can I sample a book before buying it? Are samples free to download?

Yes, and yes! It's easy to instantly view samples in our webstore: just click "View Sample" next to any book's title in the list of the books, in the search results, or in a specific product page.

In mobile apps, samples can be downloaded from "Store" tab using "Sample" button.

If I close a book, will Forward Chess remember where I left off?

Yes! When you open the book again, Forward Chess will automatically jump to where you left off.

Can I bookmark a particular spot?

Sure! Just follow the appropriate steps, depending on what device you're using:

(For Android users) tap the three vertical dots in the top right-hand corner and choose "Bookmark" from the menu

(For iOS users) tap the "settings" button in the top right-hand corner, choose "My Bookmarks" and tap "+" in the top right-hand corner to create a new bookmark.

(For web app users) click the bookmark icon on the top bar. To view saved bookmarks, click "My Books" in the top right-hand corner and go to "Bookmarks."

Can I take notes?

Yes, of course! Just follow these steps:

(For Android users) tap the three vertical dots in the top right-hand corner and choose "Add Note"

(For iOS users): tap "settings" in the top right-hand corner, choose "Add Notes"

(For web app users) Right-click in any book's text area and choose "Add/Edit Note" from the context menu. To view saved notes, click "My Books" in the top right-hand corner and go to "Notes."

Can I upload my ChessBase database to Forward Chess?

Currently, it is not possible to import chess databases (PGN, CBH, etc) or other ebooks (PDF, EPUB, etc) into the app.

Can I sync my purchased books between iOS and Android devices?

Yes! Purchases made after registering your Forward Chess account can be synced between different platforms and devices, as long as you're logged into the Forward Chess account on all of them. Previous in-app purchases can also be synced.

How can I use Forward Chess on my computer?

Forward Chess Desktop apps are no longer supported. We recommend using our Web App. Concentrating on the Web reader will help us to provide faster continuous updates and having only one app version.

How can I suggest a feature to add?

By sharing your thoughts with us! We value user feedback highly and are constantly striving to improve Forward Chess - you can reach us at