Pure Chess is a game whose title tells you pretty much everything you need to know about the game. Developer Voofoo Studios is bringing one of the oldest known board games to the PlayStation 3 and the PS Vita with this title. Set to hit the PlayStation Store today, Pure Chess features comprehensive tutorials, tournament modes, and 100 chess puzzles that you can use to hone your skills.

There are also asynchronous, play-by-mail matches that you can compete in with your friends, in addition to the local 2 player games. This means that, if you don’t have the time to sit and play an entire match, you can make a move, send it to your friend, go about your business, and come back later to make another. The PlayStation 3 version also features¬†Stereoscopic¬†3D support, in case you need to feel like you can actually reach out and touch the pieces.

This isn’t really the kind of title the PlayStation Vita needs right now, but it is nice to see some kind of release for the handheld. With E3 next week, hopefully we’ll be seeing quite a few new titles announced for the device. Although, I suppose that killing time the time left until E3 by playing exorbitant amounts of chess isn’t the worse thing you could do.