The Free Internet Chess Server, with over 300000 registered users,
is one of the oldest and one of the largest internet chess servers.
Whether serious with your chess or just looking for the occasional
game, whether looking for another player or eager to challenge a
strong computer, whether you like a blitz chess or you are fond
of one of the many variants, here you can play chess over the
internet for free.
Starting on November 9th FICS will
relay the World Championship between Magnus Carlsen and
For official broadcast and premium subscription please visit
Part of the premium subscription fee will go to the
Prize Fund of the event. This broadcasting of the moves is subject to
World Chess Policy. Unauthorized broadcasting of chess moves is
prohibited. For more information, please visit
Register now for free and reserve your handle forever. You will
receive a rating. Moreover you will be able to play our online
tournaments, save games for later analysis or have your games
annotated by the Teaching Ladder reviewers.
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FICS? Is the graphics of the web interface not of your liking?
Download one of the
interfaces developed by our users and decide for yourself which
one you prefer.
New to FICS and need some help?
Read our quick guide to find everything you may need to get
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and submit your games to be annotated by stronger players.
With over 10000 games relayed live in the last year FICS has covered
most of the major tournaments played in the world. Come online
to follow the games of your favourite players in real time.
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