2010-06-28

FICS (freechess.org) Interface Recommendation

In my previous post about Places to Play Chess Online, I recommended that everyone use Jin.  There are a lot of interfaces that work fairly well.  I review them in this post for each of the platforms I have used to connect to FICS.  See my Chess Links page for links to the various FICS interfaces.

OS X FICS Interfaces

  • Jin - Highly recommended for OS X - great seek graph - cross platform
  • Visir - No chat at all - makes it very hard to play in tournaments.
  • Fixation - Newer - seems to have some basic features but does not work as well a Jin.

Linux FICS Interfaces

  • Jin - Great seek graph - cross platform
  • eboard - I like the board and console for this interface - works great and seems to be the best Linux interface
  • Visir - No chat at all - makes it very hard to play in tournaments

Windows FICS Interfaces

  • Jin - Great seek graph - cross platform
  • Babaschess - Best windows interface - highly configurable - easy to use - probably the best interface to FICS.

Iphone FICS Interfaces

  • Ichess Pack - Good seek table, connects to training with the online lectures, Endgame bot and PuzzleBot.