Hi All,
I thought I'd pass this along in case there's anybody who would want accessible 
versions of Chess or the other games for an Apple device on this list.  I've 
personally tried out the chess app and found it very nice indeed.
Best,
Zack.

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> From: Bryan Jones <openses...@me.com>
> Date: February 3, 2011 5:54:03 PM PST
> To: macvisionar...@googlegroups.com
> Subject: VO accessible Chess, Checkers, Draughts and Xaingqi games released 
> for iPhone, iPad & iTouch
> Reply-To: macvisionar...@googlegroups.com
> 
> Greetings All,
> 
> Today Apple approved and released the accessible versions of Marcel Nijman's 
> Chess-wise Apps! In addition, Marcel modified three of his other game apps to 
> make them VO accessible. Those Apps are: Checker-wise, Draughts-wise and 
> Xiangqi-wise. These apps are all now available worldwide in the App Store and 
> in the following languages: English, Spanish, Russian, German and Dutch. 
> Marcel hopes to add Polish, Czech and French translations in the next update. 
> The viphone mailing list, Scott Howell and Geoff Waller in particular, were 
> instrumental in providing input, feedback and other information to Marcel 
> during this process.
> 
> Each of these four Apps is a universal App, which means they will run 
> correctly on the iPhone, iTouch and iPad. WHile there is a free version of 
> the Chess-wise App, I would urge you to consider purchasing the Pro version 
> to support Marcel's work. The price is only US $2.99 for the Chess and 
> Checker Apps, and only US $1.99 for the Draughts and Xiangqi Apps. I believe 
> Marcel is the kind of developer who deserves our support one hundred percent.
> 
> I've not tried the 3 other games yet, but I can tell you the Chessboard and 
> Chess pieces are now recognized and read aloud by VO. You can navigate the 
> board using a one-finger swipe, or you can just slide one finger around the 
> board and VO will announce the coordinates and the name of a piece if one 
> occupies that square. To make a move, use one finger to locate the piece you 
> want to move, then double-tap. VO will announce "Selected." Now use one 
> finger again to locate the destination square and double-tap again. Please 
> note that this is considered a first version of this game in it's accessible 
> form. While Marcel has made the heart of the App accessible, it is a very 
> feature-rich App which will require additional coding to make it fully 
> accessible. Marcel has asked that those of us who use the Apps provide 
> feedback to him so he can continue to refine and update the accessibility 
> features.
> 
> Here is a link to Marcel's App Gallery in the US iTunes store:
> http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/marcel-nijman/id337888122
> 
> Here is a link to Chess-wise Pro in the US App Store:
> http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chess-wise-pro/id351303981?mt=8
> 
> Here is a link to Chess-wise FREE in the US App Store:
> http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chess-wise-free/id367318028?mt=8
> 
> Cheers,
> Bryan
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